Former manager George Graham believes Danny Welbeck will need to improve his finishing if the striker is to become an Arsenal legend.
The England international moved to Arsenal in a £16 million deal from Manchester United on the final day of the summer transfer window, penning a five-year deal, and the young striker opened his Gunners account at Villa Park after scoring a first-half strike in a 3-0 victory.
Graham praised the 23 year old for his energy and attitude, but has insisted that his ability to score goals needs to get better.
According to the Daily Mail, he said:
Welbeck is a very willing boy. He works his socks off for the team and has a good attitude.
He’s got to improve his finishing a lot though. At Arsenal he will get chances, so we’ll see how good a finisher he is.
The youngster missed several good opportunities against Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, before opening his account in the club’s impressive 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday. He is excellent at linking play, his pace can cause serious problems and he’s a very hard worker, but there have often been doubts over his goal-scoring record.
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Several critics have questioned whether he is clinical enough to become one of the very best strikers and Louis van Gaal saw him as surplus to requirements at Manchester United, which allowed Arsene Wenger to complete a £16 million move to bring him to the Emirates. However, the Englishman showed good movement to score his goal against Villa, and Wenger will be even more encouraged by his overall play and the impact he has on his teammates.
He was very impressive off the ball and was willing to chase the ball to put pressure on the opposition defenders. He can force errors by closing down the defenders, allowing Arsenal to win the ball back in dangerous areas. The fans greatly appreciate his work rate already and it also has a knock-on effect on his teammates, who follow his example. He showed against Aston Villa that he will become a valuable member of the Arsenal squad, offering them a different threat up front to what they already had.
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