Arsene Wenger has urged fans to show patience towards new signing Danny Welbeck as the 23-year-old settles into life at The Emirates.
Welbeck failed to score for Arsenal in his second start last night, missing a one-on-one with Borrusia Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Wiedenfeller. That chance could have changed the game, and four minutes later Ciro Immobile opened the scoring for the German side, who strolled to a 2-0 victory.
The miss came after Welbeck had hit the post with a similar opportunity three days earlier against champions Manchester City, and the £16m signing has been criticized in the past for his poor goalscoring record.
Wenger though has defended the man that he signed from Manchester United, telling The Guardian:
Danny will improve, I don’t think we have to make a problem of that.
He had a very lively first half. He had two or three good chances but couldn’t finish them. There was one obvious one. We have to be patient with him.
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The paradox of the night is that we had very good chances to score first, but they then scored from counterattacks.
Arsenal’s performance at the Westfalonstadion was below average across the pitch, and the Gunners had a combination of Szczesny’s reactions and Dortmund’s wastefulness to thank for the fact they only lost 2-0.
If Welbeck had converted his chance the game could have been different however, and the best strikers have a habit of taking chances when presented with them. Unfortunately, at the moment Welbeck does not. The potential though is there, and the 23-year-old deserves time to settle into this Arsenal side, and hopefully start scoring the crucial goals.
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