Date: 3rd October 2018 at 10:00pm
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striker is poised to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to the Mirror journalist John Cross.

The 27-year-old’s contract expires in June, and the player is not close to agreeing a new deal.

Fans on Twitter are very frustrated that the Gunners haven’t planned ahead, with many asking why Welbeck wasn’t moved on in the summer when they could have got a transfer fee:

Some believe it is the player himself who doesn’t want to sign on the dotted line:

While others are not too bothered by Welbeck’s potential departure:

The Evening Standard believe that the size of Arsenal’s wage bill is the main reason why neither Welbeck nor will be offered new deals. It is believed that the club’s salary costs will exceed £200m a year, and with no Champions League football, this is unsustainable.

The question is then: why didn’t the club’s hierarchy see this coming? Like with Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere, it seems poor management decisions could allow highly valued players leaving for nothing or for very little.