Arsenal’s deadline day signing Danny Welbeck is eager to show his worth in his favored position as a striker and, with Oliver Giroud out through injury, he is expected to start against Manchester City.
In an interview with the Guardian, Welbeck explained that he is confident of his ability as a central striker. A lack of goals for Manchester United could be down to the pacey striker being used as a winger, a role it seems that Welbeck does not see as playing to his strengths.
“It is well known I prefer to play through the middle so when I get my opportunity I just want to show what I can do. Once I get into the box and am getting the chances, I have got faith in my ability.
“Before, I wasn’t getting into the box because I wasn’t playing too much as a striker [for club or country], and I had to worry about my defensive work. Listen, anyone can say what they want to say but I just know once I get the opportunity and a run of games up front, I will do my best. That’s definitely what I need.”
With Robin Van Persie injured last season, Welbeck did enjoy a run of games as a central striker scoring 6 goals in 6 games and the 23-year-old is now likely to play a number of games as a central striker for the Gunners.
“That was my last run [in the side], over Christmas last year, and I scored a few goals. It is good for any footballer to get a run of games. You become more confident and play much more at ease, so to get a run would be absolutely perfect. The game against Switzerland was my first 90 minutes this season, so it is just the start of things and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The England international’s career had began to stagnate at Manchester United and with the loan signing of Radamel Falcao it signaled the end of his time at Manchester United. It will be now up to Welbeck to prove that he is a striker capable of scoring 20 goals in a Premier League season.
If the 23-year-old hits form for Arsenal this season, Louis Van Gaal could rue selling the England international.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.