Should Arsenal entertain Besiktas interest in Danny Welbeck?

Besiktas are claimed to be interested in bringing Danny Welbeck in from Arsenal this month, but should we entertain their interest?

The England international has struggled with multiple injuries since joining the club from Manchester United in a reported £16 Million deal back in 2014, and has been in-and-out of the first-team squad when proving his fitness, but has picked up seven Premier League starts so far this term, scoring three goals.

He could be set for an extended run of limited opportunities however, with Jack Wilshere commanding regular action since impressing thoroughly in the absence of Aaron Ramsey, and with the Welshman set to return from injury at present. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also just arrived at the club, and is expected to command a key role, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is moving ever-closer to a deal which will see him join our ranks also.

The instances above may well see a system change brought in to accommodate those above, and Welbeck may well find himself being used as a back-up striker to favoured pairing PEA and Lacazette, although that partnership may be questionable given the duos strengths, especially if Olivier Giroud is demanded as part of the deal to sign the Gabon international from Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal have been having somewhat of a clear-out of late, offloading deadwood Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Francis Coquelin, and Welbeck is one player who splits opinion with his injuries and inconsistencies frustrating at times.

Besiktas are believed to be eyeing a move for him this month, albeit on a temporary basis, and Wenger has said he wishes for his forward to stay, but how much of a role do we expect Welbeck to play this term should Aubameyang come in as expected? Should Arsenal part ways with Danny?

Pat J

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  1. McLovin says:

    He is a bench player at best.

    Athletic, great work ethic. Just lacks everything else to be a good forward. Plus extremely injury prone.

    So if he goes, fine, we will find better players. If he stays, fine, he is a decent squad player. Doesn’t merit a pay raise though if he signs an extension.

    1. Arnold says:

      He needs to go we need Lucas Moura

      1. ALBERTOGUNNER says:

        Exactly Wenger should sell him and bring Lucas, It would be an upgrade.

  2. Phil says:

    Good player to have around.Great work rate and never hides but not a natural goal scorer.Squad and backup at best.Would rather keep him than Giroud though.

  3. GB says:

    Wenger already confirmed earlier this morning in his press conference that Welbeck is not going anywhere but was not so sure about Giroud.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Giroud helped Arsenal a lot with his headers and Welbeck did that by forcing the opponent’s defenders to work harder (he can also help for the English quota). I prefer Welbeck, because he can play in different positions, so Wenger’s decision is a correct.

    2. Sue says:

      He said that about Theo too GB

      1. GB says:

        Yes Sue he did and of course also said RVP and others, notably Alexis, would not be sold and we know how that has panned out!

        1. Sue says:

          He’ll be shipped off to Turkey then before we know It!!

  4. Midkemma says:

    Welbroke has about 18 months left on his contract if I am not mistaken.
    Wenger said he would like Theo to stay…

    Sell Welbroke and give more game time to Nelson and Nketiah.
    Both HG but both are younger and hungrier.

  5. DarlingBudofArse says:

    They should consider selling him:
    1) to get him playing in contention for World Cup places
    2) to lessen the competition for striker positions in the squad with PEA & AL already 1st choices
    3) to encourage harmony and motivation for those left behind with Welbeck gone
    4) to finally open up an opportunity for one of our promising youngsters.
    5) free up wages that otherwise will be wasted on the bench
    6) get in much needed funds to strengthen in other much needed areas in the team.

    Thank you. COYGs!!!

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  6. Chamber says:

    Yes we should..

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  8. barryglik says:

    If you believe the urban legend
    Welbeck was bought by Gazidiz
    for 16m in extra time of the 2014
    summer window while Wenger was
    away refereeing a charity match at the Vatican 🙂
    With the Sanchez/ Mkhi swap debacle fresh in
    the mind we can’t afford to mess the Auba deal up.
    Auba will cost 50m+ so we need transfer funds fast.
    Giroud Perez Welbeck Ozil? Who should go who should stay?
    Better watch the Vatican chimney for the smoke signals 🙂

  9. SuperClaes says:

    Assuming we will get Auba through the door and we have ambitions to keep Ozil I believe we now have enough cover to let Giroud and Welbeck leave.

    I am positive to this as well as this would seriously open up the door for Nelson and Nketiah to get minutes! So far I haven’t really seen enough of Nelson to get too excited (only 17 though!) but glimpses of Nketiah makes me more so….. I believe he could become a seriously good striker and goal poacher and for now very useful coming off the bench if we are chasing a goal!

    But please get us a defender and midfielder!!! If so we can let Chambers go as well…

    If above is done I will be very happy Gooner going into second part of the season and may even dream of catching a top 4 place!?!?

    1. Arnold says:

      Nketia and Nelson have potential if you really serious want to compete those 2 are not ready simple as that but if you like “project” to nowhere then yes!! when he came in during crystal palace game you could see all (Nelson)

  10. Sue says:

    He doesn’t do enough in my eyes. He scored a couple against United which I loved….. but apart from that not much else. So I wouldn’t be sad to see him go. Sorry Welbz!!

  11. Atid says:

    In the summer everyone on here drew up their hit list
    Gabriel, Gibbs, Coquelin, Walcott were all mentioned and have since all gone.

    People also wanted Jenkinson and Campbell, gone well they are certainly one foot out the door.

    Wenger hass truly obliged and if he brings in mkhitaryan PEA and of course kolasinac Mavropanos and lacazette you would have to say it’s been a pretty good couple of windows.

    I know losing Alexis is massive, but u cannot force someone to sign da ting. Yes we should have sold him in the summer, but again u cannot let some go without replacing, he has learnt that the hard way.

    What we need now is to focus on the defensive side GK, CB and DM are still missing from my list.

  12. Maks says:

    Sell him asap! I would rather have young lads on the bench then him who is strong but his positioning and shooting are awful.
    Sell him please…

  13. John says:

    The dude cannot hit a barn……..he can’t score goals………..the last goal he scored was a lucky deflection even though he clearly had a can’t miss chance…………he was not signed for his hardwork…………another Sonogo……sell him ASAP……..

  14. Arnold says:

    We have been for long time try to use young players who are not ready and crowded with players who are not good enought to play for Arsenal – i would rather let go 10 to 13 players and bring in 5 good ones who can walk straight to 1st

  15. Gelz says:

    If he’s going to be let go, it has to be a sale and not a loan, we can’t have another player entering the last year of his contract and I don’t think he’s done enough to warrant a new contract. He has little to no end product and most of his goals are lucky deflections or missed hits shot that rebound of another part of his anotomy, although he does try he just isn’t good enough.

  16. Naghar says:

    Sell him please

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