The signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as the new deal for Mesut Ozil, have placed strain on the Gunners’ wage bill, and it may mean some players could leave to reduce costs.
Welbeck has 18 months left on his contract at the Emirates, and the 27 year old is due to be offered a new deal to remain at the club.
However, the striker now finds himself behind both Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order at Arsenal, and he is said to be in no rush to sign a contract extension.
Welbeck’s injury record makes his future at the club more uncertain. The forward has been out with a hip injury and a groin strain this season. He has also suffered with a number of knee problems since his arrival from Manchester United in 2014.
His flexibility in playing out wide may play an important part in securing a new deal, but there is no doubt that his fitness issues could play a role in upcoming negotiations.