After his deadline day switch and two goals in midweek for England, it seems obvious that the player to look out for this weekend is Danny Welbeck.
With Giroud out injured it is likely Welbeck will start his first game for the club in his preferred position, up-front. The former United man definitely has a point to prove and it’ll be intriguing to see how he does in the striker role. He wasn’t given much of a chance there in Manchester, but when he has played there, generally he’s done very well.
His pace and power should cause the Manchester City defence problems and with the likes of Ozil and Cazorla in support behind there definitely will be chances for the England man. Of course, he probably won’t gel with the team instantly, but he seems the ideal striker to fit in with Arsenal’s style of play, and eventually I’m sure he’ll start scoring regularly for the club.
Last season, predominately from a left-wing position, Welbeck scored 10 goals from 36 appearances in all competitions. For England he has scored 10 times in over 20 caps. These stats show his capability in front of goal and normally when he gets a good chance he’ll finish. Theo Walcott said this week that Welbeck needs to be more selfish in front of goal, and it’s easy to see where he s coming from. Hopefully at Arsenal, Welbeck will take more chances in front of goal and will be more confident in his finishing, starting this Saturday Vs City.
So far this campaign Arsenal’s performances haven’t been the best. Hopefully, the arrival of Welbeck will inspire a better all round team performance. The striker’s hold-up play and runs in behind should cause the City defence problems. His pace will add another dimension to the Arsenal attack and his non-stop work rate will also help on the defensive side of things. If given good service it could be a great debut for Welbeck, and he is definitely the man to watch out for this weekend.