Since joining Arsenal, Danny Welbeck has yet to fulfill his potential and become a regular starter. Now in his fourth season at the club, can he finally prove his worth?
In September 2014, Danny Welbeck signed for Arsenal from boyhood club Manchester United. He was a promising 23-year-old at the time and had been signed after striker Olivier Giroud broke his leg.
Welbeck’s first Premier League season at Arsenal was his best in terms of both goals and appearances. He made 25 appearances, scoring four goals in the process. His next two seasons were heavily disrupted by injury. The first knee injury that Welbeck suffered, in May 2015, kept him out of action for nine months. Then he was back on the treatment table just three months after returning to action thanks to another knee injury.
For the first time since becoming an Arsenal player, the forward has a full pre-season behind him and that seems to be working wonders. With just four games played, he has already beaten his goal tally of last season (2) thanks to a goal in the opening win against Leicester and a brace in the victory against Bournemouth.
In the win over Bournemouth, Welbeck was awarded Man of the Match after he scored twice and provided the assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s strike. Arsene Wenger has unrelenting faith in Welbeck and this has given him a lot of confidence.
I have often criticised Welbeck because he can be such a frustrating player. He is also known for missing easy chances but it would be brilliant to see him do well at Arsenal. If his impressive form continues this season, he could reach 10 Premier League goals for the first time in his career.
Danny Welbeck’s work rate and desire to succeed is unquestionable. He was substituted for Alexis Sanchez in the 75th minute against Bournemouth. Whether he starts his fifth consecutive Premier League game when Arsenal face Chelsea next weekend remains to be seen. Given his start to the season, it would be harsh to drop him.
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