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Can Danny Welbeck do a Danny Sturridge at Arsenal?

Date: 3rd September 2014 at 6:32pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Danny Welbeck's deadline day move to Arsenal has produced a plethora of diverse opinions. The England international's scoring record is the greatest source of division, some suggesting it shows great promise, others arguing it's further evidence of how Arsene Wenger takes unnecessary short-cuts in the transfer market. The pro-Welbeck camp certainly have a valid point. 26 goals in 116 Premier League appearances is hardly a return worthy of an international forward who has featured in the Champions League for the last three seasons, yet few of the 23 year-old's Red Devils appearances have actually come in the striking role - the position he's now expected to take for Arsenal with Olivier Giroud sidelined until the new year. Instead, Welbeck has become a victim of his own versatility and broad range of skills. Rather than Sir Alex Ferguson or David Moyes attempting to hone the youngster in on his finishing ability, both United managers utilised him in the same way - a hard-working, athletically-gifted  wide man, often employed in crucial marking roles, to improve United's shape off the ball. It's a forte Welbeck has largely excelled in - despite the limits of his goal tally - the most predominant example being his shackling of Xabi Alonso in the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 Champions League at Old Trafford. That considered, reaching nine goals in two of ... Read More

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