Unai Emery delivers update about Arsenal’s forgotten man
Unai Emery issues an update about Danny Welbeck's future at Arsenal beyond the summer
Unai Emery has hinted that Arsenal will consider handing Danny Welbeck a new contract before the end of the season despite his recent injury struggles.
The 28-year-old striker has been out of action since breaking his ankle in November during the Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon and he is not expected to feature again this season.
Welbeck arrived at The Emirates from Manchester United almost five years ago but has struggled with a number of injury problems during his time at the north London club.
His current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but Emery has now hinted that the club could be willing to extend his deal, and that the striker has been progressing well in his rehabilitation in recent weeks.
Speaking in an interview quoted by the Independent, Emery said: “He’s progressing very well.
“He is working and starting to touch the ball and to work on the pitch. His progress with such a big injury is going very well.
“It’s difficult for him to play matches this season but he is progressing very well and maybe the doctor will tell us he can come train with us in the last weeks of this season.
“After, his individual thing is to speak with the club (about his future).”
Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Everton in the top flight.
The Gunners are looking to try and finish in the top four this term for the first time in two years as they aim to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
They will take on Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals later this month.