Danny Welbeck’s greatest gift as a footballer is that, regardless of his inconsistencies in front of goal, he’s an incredibly effective and dependable outlet at top level.
In other words, when it comes the primordial yet intrinsic need of moving the ball up the pitch quickly to gain territory, he’s your man – particularly on the counter-attack.
The England international measures in at 6 foot 1 and is blessed with incredible natural athleticism, giving him the legs to constantly find space and the physique to do something about it.
Arsenal lacked that kind of presence at times last season, especially following Theo Walcott’s injury in February. Olivier Giroud is tall and powerful but rather static and often finds himself isolated. Alexis Sanchez offers threat in-behind and sensational work-rate, but the Chilean struggled to impact as the lone-front man against Everton a few weeks ago, as viewable below:
Welbeck, on the other hand offers both types of service, whilst his impressive ability as a linking player allows him to find team-mates and continue the momentum of the attack.
That’s not to suggest Arsenal should now be sending long ball after long ball straight to Danny Welbeck. But the ability to provide a consistent outlet gives the Gunners some variety going forward and an important option when their technically-demanding short passing game isn’t having the desired effect.