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Should Arsenal keep Danny Welbeck this summer?

Posted on July 21, 2018 by David Nugent

According to TalkSPORT, Arsenal are ready to sell England international striker Danny Welbeck for £15million, with Everton reportedly interested in signing the former Manchester United star this summer.

Welbeck has less than a year left on his contract in north London, but the Gunners are not desperate to offer the forward a new deal. That means either keeping him until the end of his contract or selling him for a relatively low price this summer.

Tough for Welbeck to be first choice at Arsenal

It was always going to be difficult for Welbeck to play regular first-team football at Arsenal. It has been a simple scenario for the striker since his arrival in the fact that there have always been better strikers at the club.

I doubt many would argue with the fact that the Gunners current striking options of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are poor quality than Welbeck. Anybody who says Welbeck is better than the pair should be recaptured pretty quickly and put back in the straightjacket!

A decent squad option

He may never be first-choice striker at Arsenal, but Welbeck is a decent squad option. The 27-year-old is versatile, works hard and contributes with some vital goals for the team’s cause.

His versatility is probably the main reason he is still at Arsenal. The England international made 42 appearances for the north London club last season in a variety of different positions. The fact that 18 of those appearances were from the substitutes bench illustrates that he was never really a regular for the Gunners.

No doubt Aubameyang and Lacazette are the Gunners main strikers. However, with Spanish striker Lucas Perez reportedly set to leave the club, maybe retaining Welbeck until the end of the season would not be the end of the world, although losing his fee may hurt the clubs finances.

Everton may look elsewhere

While Everton are the favourites to sign Danny Welbeck this summer, a reported deal to sign Watford forward Richarlison in a deal that could be worth a massive £50million this summer may mean the Toffees look at other areas of the team to strengthen.

For me, Welbeck would be a decent signing for many Premier League clubs outside of the top-six. However, he was always on a hiding to nothing at Arsenal. With just a few weeks until the transfer window shuts, Welbeck may remain a Gunner, even if he is only used as a squad as a squad player.

Should Arsenal keep Danny Welbeck?

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