Arsenal recently officially confirmed that Danny Welbeck will be released by the club when his current contract expires on 30th June. The 28-year-old forward leaves the Emirates Stadium after five years. In his time with Arsenal he won two FA Cups and made over 100 appearances for the north London outfit.
The 42-capped England man’s time with Arsenal was often hampered by injury. Even when fit, competition for places often saw him either relegated to the bench or deployed out wide, rather than in his favoured central berth. His hard-working performances and high energy levels often saw him contribute positively on the pitch.
However, his record in front of goal left plenty to be desired.
Welbeck will now be looking for a new club. Southampton would be wise to offer the free agent a deal this summer. The Saints struggled going forwards last season. Welbeck would offer Ralph Hasenhuttl’s attack a boost of energy, experience and dynamism.
The Manchester-born attacker would have the chance to reignite his career at St Mary’s Stadium. He needs to be playing week in, week out at this stage in his career and would stand a good chance of achieving that with the south coast club. Therefore, Welbeck’s switch to Southampton on a free transfer would be a move that suits all involved.