The Frenchman has reportedly been ruled out for three months after injuring his ankle in his side’s 2-2 draw with Everton, leaving the Gunners short on options up front.
Alan Smith believes Danny Welbeck would be an excellent signing for the North London club if Wenger decides to sign cover for the injured Giroud.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
If Giroud is going to be out for two or three months then you’d want Wenger to go in to the transfer market and get somebody else.
I think he would make an excellent signing for somebody, he’s had unfair criticism over the last couple of years really, he’s been playing out of position at United and shunted around the park.
Yes, his finishing hasn’t been up to scratch at times but that comes from not playing in your regular position regularly. I think if he was given an extended spell through the middle where he likes it you would see a really top player develop.
I would love to see him at Arsenal.
Danny Welbeck’s got most attributes. Olivier Giroud is a very good target man and is a very good header of the ball, and he’ll get you 20+ goals, so that’s not to be sniffed at, but Danny is different. He’s very good technically as he’s shown with England and he is a bit quicker.
He’d probably make a very good partner for Giroud but Arsene Wenger isn’t overly keen on playing two up top.
The Gunners are in desperate need of a centre-forward to cover for Giroud and that’s what they will exactly get from Welbeck. He is also versatile enough to play in a wide position once the French striker returns back from injury. The Englishman is the complete opposite in terms of playing style compared to Giroud however, as the Frenchman plays with his back to goal and holds the ball up well for others to come into play, while Welbeck plays on the last shoulder of the defence to break in behind with his pace.
The youngster would be hungry to prove he could fulfill the role and live up to the potential that had Manchester United supporters so excited about his talent in the past. Wenger could play him next to Alexis Sanchez in a front two rather than isolating either player, giving the club even more options, which would be a great option for the club to have going into the season.
He offered United a dangerous option off the bench last year, scoring nine goals and adding an assist. Wenger may be happy with a rotating door of Sanogo, Campbell and Podolski as attacking options, but I don’t think many fans will be happy with that. Welbeck seems like an elegant solution and should Wenger sign him, it gives him the freedom to change his system too, without compromising on quality.
Should we sign Welbeck? Share your thoughts in the comments below.