Ian Wright believes Danny Welbeck still has an important role to play at Arsenal.
The England international has entered the final 12 months of his current deal at the north London side to raise questions about his long term future at Arsenal.
His future at Arsenal is far from certain considering Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer and Welbeck was brought to the club during the Frenchman’s tenure.
Wenger signed Welbeck in a £16m deal from Manchester United in the 2014 summer transfer window in what many pundits lauded as a transfer coup.
While the English striker has produced some impressive performances, the 27-year-old’s spell at Arsenal has been hampered by a series of injury problems over the past few seasons.
Welbeck, though, has still scored a respectable 27 goals in 112 games in all competitions during four years at Arsenal.
Former Arsenal striker Wright claims that Welbeck’s services should be retained at the Emirates Stadium.
“Where he is right now behind Aubameyang and Lacazette, he is someone Arsenal to need to sign,” Wright told Sky Sports.
“He is valuable to Arsenal. He has eight to 10 goals in him over the course of the season.”
Welbeck has netted one goal in five games in the Premier League this season after the England international found the back of the net in Arsenal’s 3-1 win against West Ham United at The Emirates.
The former Manchester United striker has impressed in the cup competitions with a goal in a 4-2 victory over Vorskla in the Europa League group stage last month.
Welbeck continued his prolific form with two goals in a 3-1 win against Championship side Brentford in the Carabao Cup third round last week.
The versatile striker came through the ranks at Manchester United under club legend Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008.
His most prolific season came in 2011-12 when Welbeck scored a respectable 12 times in 39 games in all competitions to earn rave reviews.
Welbeck won the Premier League title in 2012-13 but contributed just one goal in 29 games in their title-winning campaign under the Scottish legend.
The Arsenal star finished with 29 goals in 142 games in all competitions during his six seasons in the Manchester United first-team before his move to the Gunners.
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