Arsenal confirm Danny Welbeck’s departure

Arsenal confirmed that Danny Welbeck is among the seven players to leave them this summer along with Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey.

The English striker had an injury-plagued four years at Arsenal following his £16m transfer from Manchester United.

Welbeck then suffered another season-ending injury blow last November during Arsenal’s goalless Europa League draw against Sporting Lisbon.  He broke his ankle and the club’s medical staff had to stretcher him off.

Now, the Gunners have announced they won’t be renewing Welbeck’s contract which will expire at the end of this month.

Manager Unai Emery confirmed he decided not to retain Welbeck following Arsenal’s final home match of the season against Brighton. Club chairman Sir Chips Keswick had presented the 28-year-old with a memento prior to the game.

The Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey has also left Arsenal along with left-back Cohen Bramall, midfielder Charlie Gilmour and defender Julio Pleguezuelo.

“We thank them all for their contributions to the club and we wish them every future success,” read a short club statement.

Goalkeeper Cech has retired and will now likely rejoin his old club Chelsa in a sporting director role this summer.

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Meanwhile, full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner will also leave the Emirates Stadium after just one season. The Switzerland captain made just 23 appearances in all competitions, with Arsenal evidently deciding to release him.

Although the ex-Juventus player showed there were no hard feelings by posting a farewell message on social media.

Lichtsteiner wrote on Instagram: “Dear Gunners,”

“We were close to adding an important chapter to this amazing club’s history. But to be close … is unfortunately not good enough.

“This is hard to accept. I’m very disappointed. It was our objective to bring Arsenal back on the highest international level and to win trophies.

“Both belong to this great club. I wish my teammates, my coach and his staff, all hard-working employees and all Gunner fans simply the best! I’m confident our team can complete our mission next season!

“I loved to be a part of this club. It was a great challenge and experience without a happy end, unfortunately.

“Thank you very much for your overwhelming support! It was much appreciated! See you, Stephan.”

LISBON, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Stephan Lichteiner, Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal FC look on during the warm up prior to the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Sporting CP and Arsenal at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 25, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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