Danny Welbeck believes he has the ability to lead the line for both England and Arsenal, and is fully confident his best position is through the middle.
The England international netted a brace in the Three Lions 2-0 victory of Switzerland on Monday night, helping to boost the new Arsenal boy’s confidence ahead of a challenging first fixture against Manchester City this weekend.
Arsene Wenger will be seeing his Deadline Day signing for the first time in training this week ahead of the blockbuster tie at Emirates on Saturday and will no doubt be analyzing the former Manchester United star’s ability to lead Arsenal’s line.
Welbeck is certain if is he given an opportunity to play as a central striker on a regular occasion he has the attributes to really thrive in his favoured position.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
It is well known I prefer to play through the middle so when I get my opportunity, I just want to show what I can do.
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Once I get into the box and get the opportunities, I have got faith in my ability.
Before, I wasn’t getting into the box because I wasn’t playing too much as a striker and I had to worry about my defensive work.
Listen, anyone can say what they want to say, but I just know once I get the opportunity and a run of games up front, I will do my best.
That’s definitely what I need. It is good for any footballer to get a run of games.
You become more confident and play much more at ease and to get a run of games would be absolutely perfect.
That is my first 90 minutes this season so it is just the start of things and really looking forward to it.
With Olivier Giroud set to be sidelined until January, his late move to Arsenal could prove the turning point in the 23-year-old’s career. Arsenal currently have Yaya Sanogo and summer star signing Alexis Sanchez as the only viable options up front, and it appears unlikely Alexis will hold down a permanent striking role as he continues to adapt to the Premier League especially with his style of play.
Certainly Alexis will thrive against certain opposition, but against the likes of City and some of England’s more physical backlines he may struggle to lead the line on his own. Welbeck however can add the physical presence up front and look to feed the likes of Alexis, Santi and the Ox in wide positions.
Certainly Welbeck’s statistics have been hampered by the lack of regular playing time he has managed since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. Under both David Moyes and new United boss Louis Van Gaal, the Englishman had became a bit-part player who predominately featured from the wings.
His goalscoring antics for England on Monday will certainly have done him no harm (even though they weren’t spectacular), and he could well be set for an extended run in the Arsenal first team as the central striker.
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