Welbeck linked with free transfer move to Newcastle

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Danny Welbeck’s contract expires at the end of June, and bar any late and unexpected offer from Arsenal, the striker will be leaving the club for free this summer.

Having joined from Manchester United for £16m in 2014, the England international has impressed at times, but has also endured three serious injuries during his spell in North London.

An initial diagnosis of bone bruising didn’t see that serious at first, but eventually required surgery and saw him miss 9 months of football.

Shortly after coming back from that he suffered a torn meniscus away to Man City which saw him sidelined for another 9 months, and last November he broke ankle in a Europa League clash with Sporting which has seen him miss the remainder of this campaign with a return before the end of the season very unlikely despite a recent return to contact training.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him in the striking roles, you can understand why he might – at 28 – decide to go somewhere with a better chance of regular first team football, and reports suggest that he’s a target for Newcastle United.

There were suggestions that the Magpies were considering a move for him during the last transfer window when he would have commanded a fee, and if their interest is rekindled it could be a decent destination for him and a solid addition to Rafa Benitez’s squad.

Welbeck spent a season on loan at North-East rivals Sunderland when still a United player, scoring six goals in 29 appearances in the 2010-11 campaign.

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Futsboller
Futsboller

Another player I’ll be sad to see leave, but I don’t think we’ll recognize much about Arsenal in another year or two.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

That can only be a good thing really. We all love Danny but sentiment needs to be put to one side at Arsenal. Need to get rid of the niceness

Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa

Sad to see him leave as well. He may not possess the quality some arsenal strikers did in the past but he was always dedicated and gave 100% on and off the pitch. He seems to be liked by everyone at arsenal and his presence in the dressing room will certainly be missed. Genuinely seems like a nice and funny guy.

It’s a shame all the injuries he’s had but I hope he can get a good couple of years of injury free football – at arsenal or elsewhere.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

Let’s ship Mustafi, Mkhi, Elnany, and Iwobe and bring in some real quality.

Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa

Not Iwobi. He may not be the finished product yet, but is by far our best winger, is one of our own and still only 23 years old. He’s made a lot of progress this season and I’m excited to see him grow at our club for many years to come hopefully.

Paul
Paul

Don’t want see him leave probably end up like gnabry

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

We would only have about 3 players left if we were to ship all the duds.

Santori
Santori

I know, most commentators talk out of their arse.

We will already lose Cech, Ramsey, likely Koscielny will step down (Durability), Elneny, Lichsteiner, Jenkinson hopefully gone. Welbeck also more than likely gone. Maybe Chambers.

We will need, Cback, Rwing, Midfield, potentially another keeper (Depending on Ospina and Martinez assessment) prob a young striker may have to be added (Auba is hitting 30…sinus problems)

Cacho
Cacho

I agree with all of that, but I’d like to keep Iwobi. Not necessarily as our first choice left sided attacker, but as a backup you can’t do much better than him.

BigStick
BigStick

We could do way better then Iwobi, WTF are you smoking?

Djgooner
Djgooner

Gonna miss welbz. Always gave 100 percent and fought for the team. A solid team player every squad needs a few to be successful

George
George

The memories of shin, knee, and shoulder goals will always live on.

Matt
Matt

I’d keep him but that would be a great fit. The geordies would adore him.

karl
karl

What a shame he looked to finally be discovering a good scoring record this season.

We have to move on from the home of injury prone players though. Wilshere going proved right and I think Ramsey playing more often recently proves the same thing. It is no coincidence that most players in the early 2000s didn’t constantly break down and that is part of the success.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Oh how some people moaned when he came to us.

A mate at work supports Newcastle and it’s been a miserable existence for them the last few years. I reckon a fit Danny would be a fine player for them. He deserves a good run.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Yes because 32 goals in 126 appearances is such a standout record, made even worse with PL goals 16 in 88 games.
Nice guy, average striker.

Santori
Santori

United have never sold us anyone good.

Silvestre was Wenger being his own worst enemy penny pinching a solution at the back.

Welbeck was an OK back up we needed but we should have got a better striker earlier to help Giroud with.

Mhkitaryan is a good player on the wane. Why Mslintat was allowed to pluck low hanging fruit is beyond me. Together with Raul they have added on substantially to wage bill (Panic Loan era now) with no benefit to our tactical or strategic needs. Mahrez would have been transformational for us last season balancing out the threat with ability to take on players from right as well to match Iwobi.

BigStick
BigStick

“Match Iwobi” Hahahahaha! Yeah, like he’s a world-beater or something.

Chrispy
Chrispy

Id like to see him stay to be fair but I only wish him the very best if he goes there.

Santori
Santori

He’ll be good for barcodes.

Benitez is building a good squad.

Azurelas
Azurelas

Unpopular opinion, but I think we should keep him. Someone who always gives 100%, is switched on defensively and can reliably score 10-15 goals with as many assists.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Reliably score 10-15 goals you say?

2014/15 – 4 PL goals
2015/16 – 4 PL goals
2016/17 – 5 PL goals
2017/18 – 2 PL goals
2018/19 – 1 PL goals

Glory Hunter
Glory Hunter

Those stats are damning

Goonerink
Goonerink

I’d like to see how many starts he had as an out and out striker next to those stats.

Not saying it will look amazing, just less damming.

Santori
Santori

Reliable was Giroud.

Much underrated by too many who prefer to inexplicably big up others that don’t deserve it.

Close to 20 goals every season. Where we failed was to add another striker around him to shoulder the weight.

Instead these people criticised Giroud without any basis in reality.

spinner
spinner

Auba doesn’t start every game as an out and out striker but he’s still scored more PL goals this season than Welbz has in his 5 year career at Arsenal.

rugrat
rugrat

not very different from the stats of a central defender!

Owl faced Deeney's cojones
Owl faced Deeney's cojones

Reliably score 10-15 goals you say?

2014/15 – 4 PL goals
2015/16 – 4 PL goals partially due to injuries
2016/17 – 5 PL goals partially due to injuries
2017/18 – 2 PL goals partially injuries
2018/19 – 1 PL goals partially due to injuries

canon fodder
canon fodder

Wellbeck scored goals in other competitions as well so it’s not fair to judge him solely on his PL goals.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Therefore he isn’t reliable, maybe reliably injured.

James
James

Nice guy but never fit and rarely scores. Completely logical to get rid. Don’t get anywhere as a club by keeping players based on how nice they are.

Santori
Santori

Sale on him complicated by his injury and recovery schedule.

I think he’ll be out the door to make room on wages.

Mslintat/Raul have been poor to say the least loading on the wage bill and unshering in this Januray the PANIC LOAN era.

We’ll make room in the summer firstly getting rid of Mslintat but also more importantly some players will step down, be out of contract or be sold :

Cech and Koscielny (durability) will probably free 180K +

Lichsteiner and Welbeck another 180K

Hopefully we can also sell Jenkinson and Elneny (if there are any takers for their prodigious talents)

Ramsey will also free more money up.

Mustafi I don’t think will be sold (Much to the disappointment of many) bc of his wages to potential buyers for his ‘skill sets’ plus whilst not good enough for our first pick at the back, he will be still very useful as back up and clearly no where as blundering as some prefer to imagine.

BUT there will be also Chambers to assess. He may leave should he feel he is still peripheral or if Mustafi finds an unlikely buyer and Chambers impresses pre-season (again), potentially be retained.

We should add ideally at Cback, Rwing, potentially midfield too (Torreira not the all encompassing solution some like to believe)…we need someone who has some height rpeferably but critically ball control and ability to carry the ball forward with feet.

Also will have to watch keeper situation and maybe add a younger striker into the set up to compete with academy potential like Nketiah in lieu of Welbeck (We will lose plenty of height and power with Danny)

Prob only 3 of these outstanding issues will be met.

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg

Santori, write shorter or start a blog.

Ad-0
Ad-0

Would have been nice to see a little cash out of this one, but with his injury record….

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

His contract is up, there will be no cash to us.

Geefive
Geefive

Would be a good move for him. I’d like to see it, as he’d be an integral part for them, and I can feel for Newcastle as well….they also have a fucking douchebag for an owner.

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

If that so, happy for him, especially for Newcastle.

shokim
shokim

I wish Welbz well, since he’s been good for us when fit.