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Arsenal set to let Welbeck leave on free transfer as Emery looks to open up funds for building



Arsenal are poised to let English striker Danny Welbeck leave on a free transfer when his contract at the Emirates Stadium expires next summer.

The former Manchester United striker is recovering from two ankle surgeries after he was was carried off midway through the first half of Arsenal’s clash with Sporting Lisbon at the start of November.

The club haven’t set a timeline for how long the 28-year-old will be out of action but it is feared he may miss the rest of the season.

Arsenal are helping Welbeck back to full fitness but, according to The Times, the club are unwilling to offer him a contract extension.

Reports suggest Unai Emery is willing to let both Welbeck and midfielder Aaron Ramsey go to help free up financial resources for new signings.

Their departures would also allow space for the club’s promising youngsters such as Reiss Nelson, who is currently at Hoffenheim on loan, to break into the first team.

Welbeck’s time in north London has been blighted by injuries. He has missed over 80 games for the club since his £16million move to the Gunners in 2014.

Arsenal were happy to let him leave for Southampton in the summer but Welbeck declined a move to the south coast while Crystal Palace also showed some interest.

Arsenal will travel to Manchester United on Wednesday night bidding for their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in more than a decade.


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