Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck looks to be on his way out of the club before the summer transfer window closes this Thursday, with Premier League sides Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton, along with Turkish club Besiktas, rumored to be interested in the England international:
As James Olley of the London Evening Standard puts it, pressure is on new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to cut the squad and an ever-increasing wage bill:
Arsenal need to sell after spending £70m this summer and, with Welbeck earning £115,000 a week, Emery is also under pressure to cut a bloated wage bill.
Welbeck was signed by Arsene Wenger hours before the summer transfer window shut in September 2014, and has been a mainstay on the bench for the club when healthy, with occasional starts mixed in. His top-end speed and ability to accelerate in short bursts has proven valuable to Arsenal when coming on late in matches as a spark to jump-start stagnant offensive performances, and his inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup was primarily centered around those two traits Welbeck offers.
His absence would certainly be felt within the locker room, where it’s been said many times from various players throughout the years that he’s a fantastic personality and someone everyone enjoys being around. But at 27 years of age, Welbeck’s also probably seeing that he doesn’t have many years left to wait around to get spot starts, and if he’s able to do that elsewhere before his time is up then it’s best to seek pastures away.