Arsenal have confirmed that out-of-contract forward Danny Welbeck will be departing the club at the end of the season and speculation about his next destination is now likely to increase.
The Englishman appeared at a post-match guard of honour following the Gunners’ draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, joining Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech.
With the 28-year-old striker available on a free transfer this summer, Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur could be among the clubs interested in signing Welbeck to add to their attacking options.
Spurs made unwanted history by failing to sign a single player in the last two transfer windows, drawing the ire of many supporters as teams around them continued to strengthen.
Due to the construction of the club’s new stadium, funds have been tight, which means signing Welbeck for free could be an attractive option for Tottenham.
Although the striker has been hampered by injuries during his time at The Emirates, there is no doubting his dynamic nature as a pacy and skilful attacker when fully fit.
Tottenham have struggled when key attackers such as Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have been absent, leading to the unexpected situation of Vincent Janssen returning to the side during the club’s crucial end-of-season stretch.
Welbeck would present a significant upgrade over Janssen in addition to being an improvement on the ageing Fernando Llorente.
Tottenham have long searched for a viable back-up for Kane as when the talismanic striker gets injured, few can deputise and offer anything like the same attacking threat.
Welbeck would represent the ideal signing for Tottenham — a cut-price deal for a dangerous striker who can bolster Mauricio Pochettino’s threadbare options.
Players moving between the two clubs is, however, rare, with only four players going directly from Arsenal to White Hart Lane in the past.
Welbeck would follow in the footsteps of Laurie Brown, Pat Jennings, Rohan Ricketts and William Gallas if he were to join.