The England international famously moved to the Emirates from Manchester United on summer deadline day in a £16million deal – a transfer which has lead to a change in position.
For the Red Devils, the 23 year-old was most commonly utilised on the left wing, but he’s flourished as a centre-forward for the Gunners in Olivier Giroud’s prolonged injury absence, netting ten times for club and country since the summer – including a hat-trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Coinciding with Giroud’s planned early return to fitness against Manchester United this evening however, the Gunners gaffer has refused to rule out the notion of Welbeck returning to the flanks.
One of the main reasons [for Welbeck signing] was that he wanted to play,” Wenger told reporters. “It was not a condition [to play as a central striker], it was just that he plays.
“You can have outstanding goalscoring records from players who play wide or central – that is not the problem. When you are a player, you want to play.
“I don’t think playing on the flanks will stop him from scoring. He had chances the other night [in the Scotland game] when he played on the left. With his pace, [Cristiano] Ronaldo played all his life on the flanks and scored more goals than games he played.”
This afternoon, Welbeck will face his former club in the pick of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures.