Danny Welbeck was strongly tied to a transfer from Arsenal this summer (photo: Getty) Unai Emery hinted that Danny Welbeck could be set up as a left-back emergency for Manchester City on Sunday.
Arsenal is without Sead Kolasinac, who suffered a knee ligament injury against Chelsea in the pre-season, while Nacho Monreal returned to full fitness at the start of this week.
The summer signature Stephan Lichtsteiner and young Ainsley Maitland Niles, who camped left-back last season, are likely to tame Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane of the city, but Emery revealed that Welbeck has emerged as a unlikely competitor.
"Danny has multi-position possibilities: right wing, left wing, striker," said Emery. "And yesterday he worked with us at the left-back, his performance was good!
Nacho Monreal is back to full training at the start of this week (Image: Getty) "I like this positive spirit to help." I told him I want the best performance of his career, with better quality and data – more goals , more assists. "
Welbeck, who has just under a year remaining in his current contract, has been heavily linked with a transfer from Arsenal this summer, but a move has not yet materialized.
Southampton and Everton were the Premier League clubs accredited with an interest, while the Besiktas were also connected with the England international who could still leave for a European team before the 31st August deadline.
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