Unai Emery says it’s unlikely that Danny Welbeck will play for the club again this season as he continues his recovery from a broken ankle, but has hinted that there might be a discussion about a contract extension as the club ‘needs English players’.
The striker has been sidelined since last year after suffering the injury, but in recent weeks he’s returned to light training and looks well physically.
With just six weeks of the season left, however, it’s more than likely too soon for him to feature again despite the fact the Spaniard say he’s ‘progressing well’.
“He’s progressing very well,” Emery said.
“He is working and starting to touch the ball and to work on the pitch. His progress with such a big injury is going very well.
“It’s difficult for him to play matches this season, but maybe the doctor will tell us he can come train with us in the last weeks of this season.”
Welbeck’s contract expires in the summer, and it’s widely believed he’ll leave on a free transfer, but Emery continued, “Every English team needs English players.
“After, his individual thing is to speak with the club.”
Let’s see what happens. Of course what Arsenal want at this point is almost secondary, as the player himself holds the cards and he’ll have no shortage of suitors as he’s available for free.