The England international joined Arsenal from Manchester United for £16 million this summer, following Olivier Giroud’s long-term injury. He had opportunities to open his account in his first two games against Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, but he got off the mark with Arsenal’s second goal against Villa.
The 23 year old says he is happy with the goal and feels he will improve as he trains more and develops an understanding with his new team-mates.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
I am particularly pleased to get off the mark for Arsenal. But I think it was a good team performance. We started really well. We moved the ball well and obviously we got in behind them at times and that was the difference today.
We knew facing Aston Villa was going to be difficult. There is never going to be an easy game in the Premier League. They had their chances but, once we took our first one, from then on we looked in control of the game.
I’ve not had as many training sessions as I would have liked but I am starting to get to know the players a lot better and, in time, I’m sure the understanding between us will be much more positive.
The Englishman will be absolutely delighted to have opened his Arsenal account, as he met Mesut Ozil’s perfectly-weighted pass with a thunderous finish into the roof of the net. He deserved the goal, having played a scintillating pass in for the German’s goal a minute prior.
The opportunity to play in the middle isn’t being wasted by the youngster. His movement is top class and his strength on the ball is wonderful to see. However, this performance was about so much more than just the goal and the assist, as he also worked tirelessly for the team.
Welbeck’s link up play with Ozil will be exciting for Arsene Wenger to witness and as the duo get to practice and work together more frequently, you get the sense that this could be an extremely fruitful partnership for Arsenal this season. With Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott out injured, plus Alexis Sanchez missing out on Saturday, the 3-0 victory margin proves that the attacking talent at Wenger’s disposal is frighteningly good.
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