Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been given a timely reminder from striker Danny Welbeck that he has additional firepower in his armoury should he have to call on it.
That goal-threat comes in the shape of England hitman Danny Welbeck, who fired a brace in the Gunners’ 3-1 win in the Carabao Cup against Brentford at the Emirates Stadium last night.
Welbeck’s brace alongside a late strike from Alex Lacazette, on for the impressive teenager Emile Smith-Rowe, gave Arsenal the victory over Championship outfit Brentford and in doing so booked the home side a place in the fourth-round draw. Had fans or those who like a flutter taken a punt on Welbeck finding the back of the net it would have certainly been a case of Bookmaker Bonuses, that’s for sure!
Since his arrival in north London in the summer to replace Arsene Wenger, Spaniard Emery has largely overlooked former Manchester United attacker Welbeck in favour of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette.
But Welbeck insists he is happy to bide his time and wait for the chance to impress the Arsenal boss when he gets game time. He said:
“You have got to wait for your opportunity. A few of the lads had a bit more of a pre-season than me which made it a bit difficult, I came a back a bit later than the others.
“I got 90 minutes last week, 90 minutes against Brentford and I’m just going to build on it from there and keep improving. So, I’m happy with the goals, it is more important that we went through to the next round and put in a good performance against a strong side.”
As for Emery, he remains diplomatic about Welbeck and a new contract, as well as a similar situation regards midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Both come to the end of their contract in the summer and both are looking for new deals.
“There are three situations when we are speaking with the individual: the club, the player and the team. My focus is the team. I know they have a year left on their contracts and are speaking with the club but for me the focus is only on the performance, each match and training session.
“Their future is important but it’s like that. The performance and commitment of the player is very high, Ramsey and Welbeck. The situation with the club is for them.”
Arsenal face another home game on Saturday when they host Watford in a Premier League clash, before heading out to Baku, Azerbaijan to face Qarabağ Ağdam FK in the Europa League next Thursday.
Meanwhile, American billionaire Stan Kroenke yesterday completed the formality of his compulsory buy-out of the Gunners. It means he is now the sole owner of the club and that the annual meeting of shareholders, usually scheduled for October, will no longer take place.