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Arsenal have been told to give Danny Welbeck a new contract after he suffered a horrific ankle injury, according to The Express.
The 27-year-old suffered a suspected broken ankle after landing awkwardly from a contested header during the Europa league game against Sporting Lisbon.
The England international was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment and tests to know the true severity of the injury.
It is expected that the latest injury will keep him out for a minimum of four months, with some fearing he might be out for much longer.
He is out of contract at the end of the season and was expected to either be sold in January or leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
With the former option now out of the question, former Gunner Perry Groves believes the club should give him a new deal as a goodwill gesture.
“I think Arsenal should come out now and say they’re going to give him a contract extension,” Groves said during an appearance on talkSPORT.
“Danny Welbeck has suffered a horrendous injury, it looks like a suspected broken ankle and he could be out for the rest of the season, plus his contract is up as well.
“So I think they should come out now and say you’re going to give him another year.
“It would just take all the uncertainly away and that would help his rehab on the mental side of it.
“He’s wealthy boy now, it’s nothing to do with that, but for his mental well-being. I think it would be a magnificent gesture from my old club if they offered him a new contract.”
While it wouldn’t be seen as an ideal decision from the business point of view, it would be humane and a smart move on the PR front to give the player a one-year extension to offer him the opportunity to recover fully and be in position to make a good move and possibly earn the Gunners a transfer fee.
While he hasn’t been the best striker so far, his commitment to the club has been unquestionable both on and off the pitch, and a good will short term extension is the least the club could do.
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