There is no denying what Danny Welbeck brings to Arsenal, and that is the high levels of energy that allow him to both attack and defend when playing on the wings. But is that really enough?
Why was Arsene Wenger tempted into starting Danny Welbeck for the North London derby – despite the player not having started a game since coming back from injury – over Theo Walcott (I blame Wenger for that loss in case you are wondering)? On that note, why give an underperforming Ramsey the nod over Tomas Rosicky – who had just recently given a man of the match performance?
Anyway I digress… high energy levels are important for a midfield player, but a striker is meant to offer more than that. He is meant to score goals, create chances, and make intelligent runs in to the box.
Welbeck has many faults unfortunately; one of which being that he is not intelligent enough to understand the passes from creative players like Rosicky and Özil. Now this might seem a little harsh, but a striker needs to use his head more and anticipate the pass from the players around him. That split second is what makes the difference between a chance, a half chance, and no chance at all – it is not all about speed. Say what you will about Giroud, but his anticipation is excellent. And this is why he scores a decent amount of goals, even though he is not the quickest of strikers.
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Which brings us to the point of scoring goals… when Welbeck is presented with a chance, he always fluffs his lines, even when it seems easier to score than to miss. So while Welbeck brings a lot of energy that provides us with more defensive stability, our attack becomes more impotent with him in the side. Welbeck needs to become more decisive if he is to prove Louis van Gaal wrong for letting him go.