Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will cause problems for Chelsea’s defensive duo of John Terry and Gary Cahill when the two teams meet on Sunday.
The England international bagged an impressive hat-trick for the Gunners as they romped to victory at home to Galatasaray, winning 4-1 and securing Arsenal’s first three points in the Champions League this season.
The former Liverpool man turned pundit says that he was pleased to see Welbeck finishing with composure against the Turkish side but added that it will be more difficult with the pressure from Terry and Cahill.
According to the Daily Mail, he said:
The game of the weekend is at Stamford Bridge and you can be certain that both John Terry and Gary Cahill will know they have been in a battle. When Danny Welbeck moved to Arsenal from Manchester United on transfer-deadline day, I thought it was a good signing but not necessarily one that would take them to the title. It looked more like a buy that was made with the future in mind.
To look at Welbeck’s physical attributes, he ticks all the boxes. He has power and pace, a relentless work-rate and he is the type of forward who will never give a defender a moment’s rest. He will be at Terry and Cahill from the start. What he needs to show now, though, is that he has composure in front of goal. Wednesday night was a positive step.
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His finishing was impressive but holding your nerve when Terry and Cahill are trying to hunt you down is different. Another big performance, though, and Welbeck will be moving in the right direction.
The youngster scored his first ever professional hat trick in the midweek game, and to do it in a Champions League fixture is no mean feat. His work rate was phenomenal and his ability to run in behind the opposition defence is an asset we lacked when Giroud was in the side. He showed some of the qualities this Arsenal side has missed going forward in the last couple of seasons.
We were a strong force at home last season but it was our fixtures away to top opposition where we really struggled and Sunday will be a big test to see just how far this team has come. However with the pace we have this season, I see no reason why we can’t beat Chelsea. Welbeck and his pace will be crucial if the Gunners want to get a result at Stamford Bridge and hopefully he can continue in the same vein of form that he displayed midweek.
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