Date: 3rd October 2018 at 12:18pm
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could leave Arsenal on a free next summer.

The England international is in his final year of his contract at the Emirates and could sign a pre-contractual agreement with clubs abroad on January 1st.

The 27-year-old striker has been in impressive form for the Gunners this season, albeit from the bench, scoring four goals in seven appearances in all competitions thus far.

However, since joining Arsenal in 2014 from Manchester United, Welbeck has struggled to cement a regular starting role under previous manager Arsene Wenger due to inconsistent performances and injuries.

clearly prefers the services of and upfront and could look to offload Welbeck when the January transfer window opens rather than risk losing him on a free next summer.

If no new deal is agreed for Welbeck, then the forward could well follow out the door with the Welshman also out of contract at the end of the season.