In terms of new contract negotiations at Arsenal, much attention is being paid to the situation regarding Aaron Ramsey. However, the midfielder is not the only Gunners star in the final year of his current deal with the club.
Like the Welshman, Danny Welbeck will be able to leave the Emirates Stadium as a free agent at the end of this season should he not agree new terms with the club in the meantime. There have been no recent updates from either the player or club to indicate that any kind of agreement is forthcoming either.
The England international came on at the weekend against West Ham United for his first outing of the season, and first experience of playing in an Arsenal side under the control of Unai Emery. It didn’t take long for the 27-year-old to get off the mark.
A fine turn and finish from close range in the dying minutes sealed the win, and earned Emery’s men their first three points of the season.
It was a good start for the ex-Manchester United man in this new era at Arsenal, and Unai Emery has already publicly stated that he expects big things from the striker. Following a series of injury hit seasons since joining the Gunners, Emery called upon Welbeck to contribute “more goals, more assists” and to “give the best performance in his career” this season, as reported by The Sun.
If Welbeck can live up to those lofty standards, then surely a new contract offer would be forthcoming, though he may also attract the interest of rivals.
As it is, Welbeck’s age, versatility and work rate are enough to mean that the club should offer him a new contract now.
What do you think Arsenal fans, is Welbeck expendable enough to be allowed to leave in either January or for free next summer? Or should the club tie him down to a new deal?