It looks like Danny Welbeck will be joining Aaron Ramsey on the first train out of Arsenal come the summer amid reports the striker will be released back into the wild when his contract expires.
The Times claim that Welbeck will be allowed to leave at the end of the season, by which time he might just have recovered from the broken ankle suffered against Sporting Lisbon last month. The 27-year-old has since undergone two operations on the fracture and is expected to miss the majority of the remainder of the campaign, if not all of it.
He is highly unlikely to be offered a new deal, meaning that – as things currently stand – both he and Ramsey will be let go for nothing as and when the time comes.
The Times also add that Welbeck’s departure may be seized as an opportunity by Unai Emery to integrate Reiss Nelson, going great guns on loan at Hoffenheim this season, into his first-team squad for next year.
However, the Gunners have also been linked with January moves for a couple of outsourced replacements, namely Lille winger Nicolas Pepe and 22-year-old Roma forward Patrik Schick.
As for Welbeck, regardless of his dire injury record, Pies are entirely certain he’ll have his pick of offers from almost every corner of the Premier League.