Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has mixed feelings over Danny Welbeck, and claims the young striker has one glaring weakness in his game, according to the Daily Mail.
Welbeck has been solid since his £16m deadline day arrival from Manchester United, but he is yet to really set the Emirates alight.
He looked like he was ready to make the jump up and become a truly great forward when he scored his first senior hat-trick in the Champions League against Galatasaray, but has struggled to find the back of the net regularly since then, and Keown thinks he knows why.
“I think Danny Welbeck still needs a lot of work to play as the central striker,” he said.
“He can play centre forward but the work that needs to be done with him is his movement off the ball. His willingness to work for the team stands out. That’s been done at detriment to his knowledge of where to run to affect the opposition.
“If I see a centre forward running back deep into their own half, they’re 50 yards from my goal and I’m happy. But, if the opposition centre forward is trying to push me back and play on my shoulder, I’m a bit concerned.”
Players who do their part for the team are obviously a huge boost to any side, but it is not enough just to work hard.
His movement is obviously something that can be improved upon, and we have plenty of players who he could learn from.
For the moment his work-rate is likely to serve him better when deployed out wide rather than upfront though, and with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez available we are no longer lacking options in the central striking role.