Arsenal’s Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi has spoken out over the imminent departure of Danny Welbeck.
The 28 year-old is set to leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of June.
It appears the Gunners are happier to tweak their policy of maintaining fringe players on relatively high wages, and instead are now prepared to let go of those who are failing to make a regular impact.
Sanllehi, has spoken on why the exit of Welbeck was approved.
“In ways it is quite similar to the Aaron [Ramsey] situation. This summer we were in talks with him to see if [he would stay or go], he had several offers, he decided to continue in the club until the end of the contract.” he told the club’s official website
“We respected that. We knew that he was going to add a lot to the club over the last year, but again, we were in the last year of contract so it was a very similar situation.”
Welbeck joined Arsenal from Manchester United in 2014 for a £16 million fee. The striker, who was plagued by injury, racked up just 88 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, but did achieve an FA Cup triumph in 2016/17.