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Arsenal round-up: Wenger future update; Welbeck discusses recent injury; Leicester wonderkid targeted

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In the aftermath of Arsenal’s defeat to West Brom, Arsene Wenger announced that he will make a decision on his future ‘very soon’. This was the team’s fourth defeat in five matches and the pressure continues to build on the Frenchman. The loss has increased the chance of the Gunners missing out on the Champions League as the fate is no longer in their own hands. The boss addressed the media and had this to say about his future.

“I know what I will do. You will soon know. Today I do not necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch we never had in 20 years.

“We lose game after game at the moment and that for me is much more important than my future.”

 

The Arsenal manager is in a difficult situation as he clearly cares deeply about the club and he has achieved a lot of success during his time as manager, but the tide has turned. The supporters have started to doubt him and campaign against him continuing in his post. Although the two aren’t intrinsically tied, it is obvious that the negative atmosphere around the club is having a derogatory effect on the team.

Danny Welbeck has recently returned to full fitness and it has been a boost to have him back in the squad. Although Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud are the preferred striking options at the club, the Englishman offers different qualities to the team. He has started the last two league matches and it is clear that Wenger rates him highly. Even Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has commented recently that he wouldn’t have sold the English striker had he been in charge at Old Trafford previously. The Arsenal man has been speaking to Sky Sports about his most recent injury.

 

“It’s been difficult, really difficult. It’s hard to put into words, you’re so used to playing week in, week out, going to training every day, and then you get hit with an injury.

“The first injury that came was difficult to take. I’d never been out for so long and experienced such a situation.”

It has been a difficult period for Welbeck since he joined Arsenal. It was an odd decision for Manchester United to sell him at the point that they did, but his injuries have prevented him from pushing on at the Emirates Stadium. These comments reflect how hard it has been for him mentally in recent months. However, he is now on the right track and beginning to find his feet in the professional game tomorrow.

Finally, according to the Mirror, Arsenal are attempting to agree on a deal to sign Terell Pennant from Leicester City. He is regarded as one of the most exciting young players in the country and Manchester United are also interested in his services. The 14-year-old is a regular the under-16s at the KP Stadium and has also featured prominently in the England age groups. His deal with the champions expires in the summer and there could be a fight for his signature.

 

It is encouraging that the Gunners remain on the look out for exciting young English talents, but it is difficult for supporters to get excited about such a story considering their first team struggles. The club’s main concern has to be to improve the results on the pitch as they must remain a Champions League side. That said, planning for the future is also important and if they manage to land Pennant, it would be a major deal for the club.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.