According to the Times (£), it looks very unlikely that Arsenal will extend Danny Welbeck’s contract despite him suffering an ankle injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season.
The England international underwent surgery last month after a bad fall in the 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon and is likely to be out of action for between six to nine months.
In the past, the Gunners have triggered clauses to extend the contracts of injured players – Santi Cazorla being the prime example – however, Welbeck does not have such a line in his current deal. In this instance, the club appears willing to let the player become a free agent with a view to incorporating Reiss Nelson when he returns from his loan in Germany.
A couple of weeks ago, Raul Sanllehi would only say on the situation: “He [Welbeck] knows he will get all of the support from the club.”
According to the report, Welbeck turned down the chance to move to Southampton last summer, possibly with one eye on a chance of a lucrative Bosman move. The timing of his injury is very unfortunate, but hopefully, if he makes a return before May he’ll have the chance to court new suitors.
In the meantime, get well soon Danny.