DANNY WELBECK is set to leave Arsenal on a free next summer – with Unai Emery planning to bring Reiss Nelson back to the club, according to reports.
England forward Welbeck, 28, is currently crocked with a broken ankle and looks set to follow Aaron Ramsey out the door when their contracts expire.
Reuters3 Danny Welbeck is set to leave Arsenal on a free this summer
SunSport told you earlier this month that Crystal Palace were planning a £10million January move for the ex-Manchester United star.
The Times claim Arsenal have made it clear there will be no new deal for Welbeck – who required surgery after landing awkwardly in last month's Europa League clash against Sporting Lisbon.
Gunners chiefs did likewise with other injured players in the past, such as Santi Cazorla and Abou Diaby.
Arsenal, currently fourth in the Premier League, have seen their spending power restricted by two seasons without cash from the Champions League.
Reuters3 Danny Welbeck is thought to be out for the rest of the season after breaking his ankle
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And they have dished out mega-money contracts to £350,000-a-week Mesut Ozil plus Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsene Wenger made sure of those signings – but they have meant Emery has been relatively strapped for cash.
Now the former Paris Saint-Germain boss believes he will have more money to spend by letting Ramsey and Welbeck go.
That will also create room for 18-year-old Nelson, who has impressed since joining Hoffenheim on loan in the summer.
Reiss Nelson in the Bundesliga this season
- Appearances: 9
- Goals: 6
- Minutes: 354
- Shots per game: 1.3
- Pass success percentage: 86.6
- Man of the Match: 1
AFP3 Reiss Nelson has lit up the Bundesliga since joining Hoffenheim on loan in the summer
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The England Under-21 star has scored six goals in 14 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
Arsenal were willing to sell Welbeck – who has been given a mini-bike to help him get round London Colney – to Southampton last summer but he rejected the move.