Since signing from Man Utd last summer for £16 million, Danny Welbeck has found it hard to adjust to life at Arsenal. Playing in his preferred centre forward position for the majority of the season, the 24-year-old has only managed four goals in 17 Premier League appearances. Overall he has seven in 21 which isn’t the kind of return Arsenal are looking for if they are to challenge for trophies.
When you look at Arsenal’s challengers in the Premier League, they all have world-class strikers which is something Arsenal are certainly lacking. Welbeck is not close to being in the same category as Sergio Aguero, Robin Van Persie and Diego Costa. Strikers Daniel Sturridge, Radamel Falcao and Wilfried Bony are also forwards who have a great goalscoring pedigree to go with impressive career records.
Welbeck spent time playing out-wide whilst at Man Utd but also spent a lot of time playing as a centre forward. Whilst 39 of his 93 United league matches were from the bench, a goal return of 20 was the reason why Louis Van Gaal deemed him to be not good enough at Old Trafford.
Throughout his career he hasn’t been a prolific goalscorer, netting just 44 times in 198 matches. His England record is impressive however, with 13 goals coming in 32 caps. Welbeck has shown that he can finish but fails to do it on a consistent basis for his club, as Arsenal fans have found out this season. The England international is often wasteful, scoring on average one in every seven attempts since joining Arsenal.
This is another statistic that isn’t good enough from an Arsenal striker and won’t help them to compete for titles. Alexis Sanchez has been prolific with 12 league goals playing in behind Welbeck but he need for a goalscoring striker is essential.
So far Welbeck has shown that he isn’t quite yet good enough to lead the line at Arsenal and could be considered a wide player, just like in the match at Tottenham. In a lacklustre performance from the Gunners, with little attacking creativity, the goal they did score came from great work by Welbeck.
He used his pace to get past his opposite number before whipping in a cross that Mesut Ozil finished. With his limited goals this season, using Welbeck as a right winger takes advantage of his pace and work-rate to chase down every loose ball. This is certainly an option in the coming weeks because quite frankly, Welbeck doesn’t seem up to the role as centre forward for a top team like Arsenal.
Arsenal’s other striking option Oliver Giroud has been impressive during his spell at Arsenal, netting 34 times in 84 Premier League outings. With Giroud leading the line and the likes of Sanchez and Welbeck behind him, this is surely a way to get the maximum from these players. But for Arsenal to compete for the title, they need to spend money on a world-class striker that is guaranteed to score 20 plus goals that can complement the tremendous abilities of Sanchez. As it is, Arsenal are short of quality striking options with Danny Welbeck simply not the answer.