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Danny Welbeck leaving is great news for the future of Arsenal

Danny Welbeck has been a useful option for Arsenal over the years.

Since the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, he has been 3rd choice striker. The best 3rd choice striker in the league.

But as Arsenal move forward into the new era, the likes of Danny Welbeck, as with Jack Wilshere before him, need to move aside. Make way for the next generation who have the potential to be better.

Last summer we let Wilshere go on a free transfer and signed Matteo Guendouzi. Losing a teenager superstar of yesteryear and gaining one of the best teenage central midfielders in Europe.

The decision to not renew Danny Welbeck’s contract is the same mentality.

Even if Welbeck had not picked up his recent injury, he still would have been released in the summer. The truth is, he has served his purpose, and his salary and squad place can now be better spent elsewhere.

He rarely plays as a striker – in the last 2 seasons he has started just 2 games upfront.

With Arsenal only playing 1 up top, it would take injuries to both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for him to get a start.

The only time he has played consistently as a striker in the last two seasons is in the Europa League and League Cup.

Next season, if arsenal make the Champions League, it will be the first XI in Europe. That would further reduce the “striker minutes” available to Welbeck. It leaves just the League Cup.

For a while now a lot of fans have been clamouring for Eddie Nketiah to get minutes. In 2019/20, Nketiah should be our striker in the League Cup. This would mean that Welbeck would be relegated to 4th choice striker, not even starting up top in the Europa League.

The majority of his Arsenal career he has played on the wing, rarely first choice.

Arsenal need to sign a new first choice winger over the next 2 transfer windows.

Alongside the returning Reiss Nelson, who has been in fine form in Germany, this would relegate Welbeck in the pecking order to start out wide.

Already behind Aubameyang, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan, Nelson and a new signing would leave Welbeck as 6th choice winger. And that isn’t taking into account playing Mesut Ozil out wide.

Welbeck would not get a look in for Premier League games. Just 148 minutes played in the league this season. This would be further reduced next season with a new wide signing and Nelson returning.

Just where would Welbeck get game time?

He would need Arsenal to have a serious injury crisis, or be left playing League Cup games (at the sacrifice or Emile Smith Rowe or Joe Willock).

The reality is, at 28 years old and on £90,000 , Welbeck has become surplus to requirements.

He is not good enough to be a regular starter, and we have youngsters coming through with more potential that need to start getting more minutes.

In the summer, if we can secure someone like Anthony Martial, it would be ideal.

Martial would come straight into the first team on the left, but could also be back up to Aubameyang and Lacazette in case of injury.

For years Arsenal fans complained about paying average players big money.

Sven Mislintat bought in Lucas Torreira on £50,000 a week. Imagine what he could do with the £90,000 Welbeck is set to free up?

With Aaron Ramsey also set to be on the way out, that frees up £200,000 a week in salary.

That would allow Arsenal to go big in the summer. Buy a truly world class winger. Someone that would walk into the side on the left wing. And then could also cover the 2 men up top, or cover Ozil as a number 10.

Losing the likes of Wilshere and Welbeck should not be criticised.

Arsenal are looking forward, not backwards. Buying better than what we have, and improving the team.

Welbeck has been a decent player during his time at Arsenal, but that time is no up.


Serious injury to Danny Welbeck overshadows Arsenal qualification

Danny Welbeck’s Arsenal career could be over having suffered a “very big injury” after he was carried off on a stretcher during the side’s Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

The testimony from Arsenal photographer was replicated by former colleagues and team mates up and down the country.

In a game which is consumed by greed, arrogance and controversy, Welbeck was one of the good guys.

A hard working pro, he never sought the limelight, never courted scandal. He was never on the front pages falling out of clubs with a desperate skank on his arm. Never pictured drunk, smoking or getting into an argument. He kept his private life and his love life private. He was the model professional.

The injury to Danny Welbeck – in such innocuous circumstances, is gutting.

His career as Arsenal was potentially already coming to an end. With just 8 months left on his contract, and turning 28 towards the end of this month, Welbeck was fighting for his future. Whether that be with Arsenal or elsewhere. He was fighting for his last long term contract. Last 4-year deal.

It is still not clear how long Welbeck will be out injured.

“He is at the hospital. The news is that we are going to wait, but we think it’s a serious injury,” said Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

“Every injury is different. This could be a break of something in the ankle.

“It’s clear that we’re with him in these minutes. He’s a very good person and his commitment with us is very big.

“It’s a very big injury for him, for us, for all people who like and love him as a person.”

Welbeck was hurt in the 25th minute when he jumped for a header and landed badly on his right ankle.

He received oxygen and had his leg in a protective brace as he was taken off the pitch, with up to 10 medical staff around him as he received treatment.

After an injury like that, the result was secondary. The goalless secured a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Arsenal are a classy club, and even if the decision was already made that Welbeck would not get a new contract, I expect we will rehabilitate him and allow him to use our facilities, doctors and physios for as long as it takes for him to fully recover. whether it be 6 months or a year.

We wish Danny Welbeck a speedy recovery.


Arsenal set to sell 5 this week

At the time of writing, Arsenal have made money on just a single player. Jeff Reine-Adélaïde joining Angers in France for just £1million. That is against ~£67,400,000 spent on 5 senior professionals.

With a little over a week until the transfer window shuts, this will be the week that Arsenal start shipping out players that are no longer required.

The first out of the door will likely be Chuba Akpom. A deal in the region of £2,000,000 has been agreed with PAOK in Greece. Expect this one to be done within 24 hours 9it might even be completed before I hit “publish”).

Talk is also starting to increase about Lucas Perez. Early indications were that Unai Emery was going to give him a second chance, however he failed to impress during the pre-season tour in Singapore and has been interesting Lazio.

With Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson looking good in pre-season, Emery seems to have decided to give them more chances in the first team squad at the sacrifice of 29-year-old Perez.

The development of Smith Rowe, Nelson and a good showing from Eddie Nketiah could also mean the end for Danny Welbeck.

Arsenal set to sell 5 this week

With a year left on his contract, Welbeck is unlikely to sign a new deal with the club considering the array of young attacking talent we have come through. This leaves Emery with a decision.

Take a risk and sell Welbeck, promoting Nketiah to 3rd choice striker. Or keep Welbeck for one more year, giving 19-year-old Nketiah another year to develop.

My money is on Welbeck staying for another year, with his younger teammate getting a loan deal to a top end Championship club. Welbeck will then be allowed to leave on a free transfer in 2019, with the club knowing his replacement is also costing nothing.

Everything could change however if Arsenal were to end up with a bid northwards of £20,000,000.

Reports in Turkey are that David Ospina will finally join Besiktas.

He has been linked with a move to Turkey every since his second season with Arsenal; and it seems this year will be when it finally happens, with Arsenal having signed German keeper Bernd Leno and Petr Cech having done a full pre-season.

Some outlets are reporting it is a loan deal, others a permanent deal. £2,000,000 the mooted feed.

Joel Campbell was omitted from Unai Emery’s first team squad for the pre-season tour of Singapore. It is clear that his future lies away from North London, and the likelihood if he was told last week that he was to stay at home to find a new club.

The only problem is who would actually want him?

Now 26-years-old, he has done nothing with Arsenal and not much more with 6 loan spells at 5 different clubs throughout Europe. Another side would be reluctant to offer him the £30,000 he is currently on at Arsenal, and he would surely not take a permanent transfer elsewhere for less money with a year left on his contract.

It would not surprise me if Arsenal let him join another side on a free transfer.

Welbeck aside, we are unlikely to get much from selling Akpom, Perez, Ospina and Campbell, but the quartet take up nearly £7,000,000 a year in annual salary.

If Arsenal do thin the squad out by selling on the fringe players, expect them to explore bringing in one more at the beginning of next week before the transfer window slams shut.