The 23 year old, who joined the Gunners in a £16 million deal on deadline day, grew up admiring the ability of former Arsenal icon Henry and recently opened his account for Wenger’s side in their 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The French manager feels Welbeck needs to rediscover his goal-scoring instinct and believes Henry is the perfect role model for the England international.
According to Goal.com, he said:
Thierry is a good act to follow.
I think Danny has an interesting potential and let’s see how he develops.
He has a good mentality, good physical potential, technical potential, he contributes to our team play because he doesn’t lose the ball up front and those are important qualities.
He rushed a bit in his finishing until now because he didn’t score.
It is more a nervous problem maybe because in training he scores goals like a real striker. He is a good finisher.
Henry played a leading role in defining Arsenal’s style of play between 1999-2007. He won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a duo of Community Shields while in North London, where he is most famous for being part of the 03-04 Invincibles. Wenger played a major role in Henry becoming one of the world’s most prolific goal-scorers, despite the striker’s inability to find his best position during his prior spell at Juventus.
Welbeck too suffered the same fate at United, being pushed out wide when he is more naturally suited to a central role. While both Henry and Welbeck’s route to Wenger was similar, they should be considered different types of players. Henry was a lethal forward with the ball at his feet and could blast beyond defences with his pace and power.
The Englishman’s explosive speed isn’t matched by such confident control, and he is more likely to score from close range than outside of the area. His performance against Aston Villa highlighted why he is best suited to remaining central. Wenger is the right manager to develop Welbeck’s goalscoring abilities and is already utilising the youngster in a role which suits his game.
The youngster has already become a useful cog in an Arsenal attack that is lacking an elite-level goal-scorer, an omission which has largely been true since Henry moved on seven years ago. If a comparison is to be made between Henry and Welbeck, it’s that Wenger has provided the conditions for their best attributes to be fully utilised and that’s where the comparison ends at least for now.
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