The 23 year old had fallen down the pecking order under former boss David Moyes and is considering leaving Old Trafford in search of regular first-team action.
The report states that Wenger is a big admirer of the England international’s talents and is ready to launch a bid for his services during the summer as he seeks a perfect strike partner for Olivier Giroud.
It further states that Arsenal will likely face a bidding war from North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are also interested in the Englishman. He currently has two years remaining on his Manchester United contract, but could be sold in order to raise funds for a planned overhaul of the first-team squad. He is believed to be worried about his first team opportunities regardless of who takes over as manager at Manchester United.
Welbeck has tremendous raw attributes and is quick, strong and has a natural team ethic. He works incredibly hard and pulls centre-backs out of position with his perennial movement. His style is reminiscent of the early days of former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
This season he has 10 from 34 appearances and it’s a decent return but many people might think he is no real improvement on the goal-scoring ratio offered by Giroud. However, a closer look suggests Welbeck is not quite the disaster in front of goal he is often painted as he has an impressive shooting accuracy of 53 percent which is better than the Frenchman’s 40 percent.
The stats make it clear that the issue with Welbeck is not one of composure or technique, but he simply hasn’t developed that instinctive ability to get into goal-scoring positions, which is largely due to being played out of position.
He has plenty of experience but hasn’t been consistent enough at this level and I feel a striker we need a striker who can hit the ground running, whereas Welbeck would be more of a long-term project. He is a good option, with the youngster possessing the mix of technical ability and raw speed that the Arsenal chief is thought to be looking for. He may well be tempted by the move, with playing time likely to be easier to come by at the Emirates Stadium.
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