The England international, who joined the Gunners from Manchester United at the start of the month, played for 88 minutes as the game ended in a 2-2 draw and came close to scoring after hitting the post in the first half.
The French manager believes the 23 year old has got some work to do, but that for his first match he did well.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
He did well. I believe that he needs to develop his link play with our players but that is a bit normal.
It’s sad that he couldn’t take his chance but overall every time he had an opportunity to find some space he looked dangerous.
There are some things to work on with him to integrate him well into our game but I’m happy with his first game.
The Englishman began the game brightly, working the channels and managing to keep both Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis busy during the early stages. He had a huge chance to mark his debut with a goal, as he latched onto a loose ball and went for a deft chip over Hart which looked good until it hit the post and bounced back to the keeper.
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The miss for some people was another example of Welbeck’s lack of a cutting edge, although in truth it was far from a straightforward chance and it would be unwise to judge his performance solely on those few seconds. He otherwise gave a solid account of the attributes he will bring to this side, with his pace opening up spaces for his midfielders to operate in, with his height and physicality causing regular problems for the opposition back line.
The youngster he needs a consistent run of games to show his true goal-scoring abilities and this was a reasonably good start. If he can get a few more weeks and may be then we will see what the England international can really do.
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