Raul Sanllehi has confirmed that the club made offers to Danny Welbeck to extend his stay at the club last summer, but the England international turned them down, choosing instead to see out his deal to take advantage of a Bosman move.
The Gunners have been without the forward since November after he suffered a serious broken ankle, although he is expected to make the bench for the Europa League final, but after the game in Baku he’ll be available on a free transfer.
Speaking about the circumstances regarding his departure, the Head of Football said, “In ways it is quite similar to the Aaron situation.
“This summer we were in talks with him to see if he would stay or go, he had several offers, he decided to continue in the club until the end of the contract.
“We respected that. We knew that he was going to add a lot to the club over the last year, but again, we were in the last year of contract so it was a very similar situation.”
Let’s hope that there’s still time for him to make a telling contribution before he leaves, it’d a nice end to his Arsenal career after enduring some terrible times with injury a winner against Chelsea would be delicious.
Earlier Sanllehi explained what happened with Aaron Ramsey, admitting the club made a mistake in allowing him to go into the final year of his contract.
When the time came, economic factors played a part and with the club unwilling to add to the wage bill by handing him a much improved contract, his fate was sealed and he secured a free transfer move to Juventus.
Ensuring that doesn’t happen in the future is something Sanllehi has been clear on in the past, so expect a bit more ruthlessness in contract talks and decision in the future.