Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck has had a second operation on the ankle injury he sustained last Thursday in the Gunners 0-0 draw with Sporting in the Europa League.
Unsure if he will play again this season
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is unsure of whether Welbeck will play again this season. The Spaniard is quoted by the BBC, as saying: “Danny will now start his rehabilitation. It’s too early to say how long this will take,”
“Both procedures went well, without complications. Everyone at the club will now be providing Danny with the best possible treatment and support in order to make him fit again as soon as possible.”
Welbeck’s recovery time will obviously influence whether he plays for the Gunners again. The early signs seem to suggest he could be out for some time, as it seems like a nasty injury.
Could Arsenal offer him a new deal?
As we all know Welbeck is out of contract next summer, so becomes a free agent. The club have not exactly been hounding the striker to sign a new deal and there has been no talk of negotiations over a new deal.
Some would say that the injury changes things slightly. Welbeck has been a very decent squad player for the past couple of seasons for the Gunners. He has always worked hard for the team from north London.
However, he is not considered an important player to the team, hence the fact that he is in the last year of his contract and seemingly no attempt has been made to extend his deal with the club.
Welbeck may have convinced boss Emery that he has something to offer in the remaining months of the season. However, his serious has taken away his opportunity to prove to Emery that he is worth a new deal with the club.
Arsenal, like many clubs have offered injured players new deals so they could monitor the players injury and condition and to protect their asset. Welbeck well be offered a short-term deal to tie him to the club.
Welbeck’s recovery the most important thing
His future aside, the most important thing is that the striker makes a full recovery from his injury. He has endured terrible luck during his career with injury, but hopefully one day we will see him back in an Arsenal shirt.
If not that then I am sure the majority of Arsenal fans would wish the forward the best of luck wherever he plies his trade next.
Will Arsenal offer Danny Welbeck a short-term contract extension?