Danny Welbeck has joined Arsenal with a degree of pressure on his shoulders to prove he can perform as one of the key figures in Arsenal’s attack.
Welbeck’s move has been one of the more surprising transfers to the Gunners, not just because he is coming from arch rivals Manchester United, but also because he isn’t exactly the calibre of striker the Arsenal faithful would have expected to sign to replace Olivier Giroud while injury rules the French international out.
But speaking on Arsenal’s club website, Welbeck spoke of how he hopes to connect with Arsenal’s talented midfield.
“I believe that with the manager’s style of play and with the magnificent players in midfield slotting balls through, I can run on to the end of those balls and put them away.
“I’d like to bring pace and power to the game. At Arsenal, we’re not short of combination football and I like to join in on that and get in behind defenders and try to get shots on goal.”
It will be exciting to see the obvious talent that comes through Arsenal’s midfield with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil connecting to an ‘out and out’ striker. Welbeck’s game is very much about connecting with the midfield as much as possible whether that be in front of, or behind the opposition’s defence.
With his heading ability, Welbeck can cause problems from crosses. However, this writer believes he can adapt and become suited to Arsenal’s style of intricate play around the penalty area.
His power also gives them a plan B option of giving him the ball from the back; running and competing with defences, however don’t expect this plan B to be exercised too much by Arsene Wenger as Welbeck will be utilised as a part of the build up play rather than a long ball receiver.
In the Premier League last term, the former Manchester United striker managed nine goals in 25 appearances. This is a good return for a player competing against two of the country’s top strikers; Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.
If he is able to recreate this goalscoring ability at Arsenal, the Gunners could have a tricky pair of strikers to use in attack with Alexis Sanchez already after finding his feet in England.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.