TalkSPORT pundit backs Arsenal’s contract decision on Danny Welbeck
TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan believes Arsenal have done the right choice to decline contract extensions for Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck. The duo have just seven months remaining on their existing deals and reports have recently indicated that the club won’t hand renewals for either player.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Jordan has backed the Gunners’ decision on the players and believes there is no means for compassion when it comes to the case of Welbeck, who has been sidelined with another season-ending injury, he said: “I just think this is a clearing of the guard. It’s a changing of order, new broom, sweep clean. The idea is that Ramsey and Welbeck are probably not players that Emery sees as part of the makeup of the team that he wants to build.
“He wants a different sort of Arsenal, he wants a different flavour. He wants a different look and feel and energy and vitality about it. And clearly he doesn’t see Welbeck (as part of his plans). People sitting there who think people should be given contracts because people have got compassion - leave off! This is a business.”
Among the two, “Ramsey appeared the likelier to be handed an extension shortly after Emery was appointed“ the club’s manager with an offer already on the table. However, the Welshman’s delay in responding saw “the board take back“ the proposal and they have since not reconsidered the future of the midfielder.
Arsenal have been hampered by injuries in both the attacking and defensive departments during the ongoing campaign and this may force them to spend when the transfer window reopens. The central defensive position remains the key area of concern with Rob Holding ruled out for the campaign while Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, and Nacho Monreal are all struggling with fitness concerns which have kept them out of action at different periods.