Ray Parlour is expecting 27-year-old to leave Arsenal this summer

Ray Parlour believes that Danny Welbeck could end up leaving Arsenal this summer

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Ray Parlour believes that Danny Welbeck could end leaving Arsenal this summer in search of a new challenge.

The England striker has struggled for both form and fitness since signing for Arsenal from Manchester United back in September 2014.

The 27-year-old forward scored five goals and made two assists in 28 Premier League games for the north London side last season.

However, he only started a total of 12 games in the top flight last term and it remains unclear whether he features as one of new Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s top priorities for next season.

And former Arsenal midfielder Parlour seems to think that Welbeck could be on his way out of The Emirates this summer.

Speaking in an interview with Bwin, Parlour said: “It’s possible Danny Welbeck might look to leave Arsenal this summer.

“There’s a lot of competition for places and he’s at that age where he really needs to be playing every week.

“He’s an important asset for Arsenal coming off the bench due to his versatility, but he doesn’t have the finishing skills needed to be above the likes of Aubameyang, Lacazette, Ozil or Mkhitaryan in the pecking order.”

Arsenal will be looking to at least break back into the top four next season after the Gunners ended up in sixth place in the table last term and without a trophy.

The north London side have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph under Arsene Wenger back in 2004.

The Gunners, who lost the League Cup final to Manchester City last term, have won three FA Cup titles since their move from Highbury to The Emirates back in 2006.

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