Danny Welbeck looks to be on his way out at Arsenal and will leave on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer, reports Sky Sports News.

The England international swapped Manchester United for the Gunners in 2014, and he has since made 126 appearances for the North London side.

The report claims that Arsenal, enjoying something of a renaissance under new manager Unai Emery, will not offer Welbeck a new contract meaning his time at the club will come to an end.

The England man is currently on the sidelines with an ankle injury and has not featured for the Gunners since the Europa League home game against Sporting Lisbon in November.

During his time at the Emirates with Arsenal, he has suffered several injury problems and that may have influenced Emery’s decision to not keep him any longer.

It also means Welbeck will be unlikely to feature heavily for the Gunners even when he does return to full fitness.

With his contract not expiring until June 2019, Arsenal will have little motivation to play him as Emery moulds his own team having taken over from Arsene Wenger in the summer.

At 29 when his contract runs out, Welbeck will still have plenty to offer other clubs, and for his next move may seek somewhere where he can play more regularly.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on their books already, Arsenal are not short of quality options upfront.

Welbeck was always likely to end up behind those two and his representatives may even seek an earlier exit from the Gunners, if there is interest from elsewhere.

Arsenal may well be amenable to accepting a cut-price bid provided Emery feels he has cover elsewhere.

His uncertain future will also have an impact on his England chances.

Welbeck has missed his country’s last four matches through injury and may fall further behind others in Gareth Southgate’s plans.


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