Arsenal reportedly planning shockingly misguided contract decision

Arsenal could hand Danny Welbeck a new contract despite his injury woes, per the Daily Mirror, with his current deal expiring this summer.

What’s the word?

Welbeck has played just eight times in the Premier League this season, with his last appearance coming against Liverpool in November, when he lasted just nine minutes.

An ankle injury has ruled him out of the remainder of the campaign but the Mirror claim that he is making good progress in his rehabilitation.

The club are, therefore, considering offering him a fresh deal.

Welbeck is reportedly being eyed by a number of Premier League clubs as a potential free transfer, with West Ham United, Newcastle United and Everton all said to be interested.

Arsenal’s contract offer, were it to be forthcoming, would include a lower basic wage, the report claims, while he would want to play on a consistent basis.

Aaron Ramsey is already set to leave the club on a free transfer this summer, with a move to Juventus already arranged, and it remains to be seen if Welbeck will ultimately follow his lead.

A farce of a transfer strategy

If this is the way that Emery is meant to refresh his attack then fans need to be deeply concerned.

Welbeck is not really good enough for Arsenal when he is fully fit. His goalscoring record – 32 goals in 126 games – equates to roughly one in every four and Unai Emery needs better than that.

But it has been widely reported that the money for a squad overhaul does not really exist.

Thus, one can sort of understand the idea of extending the stay of the former Manchester United man, but it smacks of desperation, of poor planning and of budgetary constraints.

The Mirror claim that he was expected to leave in November but now, here we are, with Arsenal giving serious consideration to offering an average player with a woeful injury record a new deal, just to save face amid the farce of Ramsey’s exit.

It is fair to ask exactly what has gone wrong in north London; we can only feel sympathy for Emery, who is being asked to do his job with one hand tied behind his back.