General

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is set to leave the club at the end of the current season once his contract expires.

The Gunners’ head of football Raul Sanllehi likened Welbeck’s departure to Aaron Ramsey’s who is also leaving the club in the summer to join Juventus. Speaking to the club’s website, Sanllehi admitted he would have loved to see the England international stay but he had to respect Welbeck’s decision.

“In ways, it is quite similar to the Aaron 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. We respected that,” he said when asked the decision process behind 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.”

On injuries

“Well, that's the only risk of going to the last year of the contract. You have all the upsides on the strength that you have to negotiate a new contract elsewhere, but the risk that you're running is getting an injury on your last year, yes.”

Welbeck joined Arsenal from Manchester United for £16m in 2014.