Could Danny Welbeck Be a Better Option from the Bench?

Could Danny Welbeck Be a Better Option from the Bench?

It was a frustrating Saturday evening in the Potteries for the travelling Arsenal fans, many of whom decided to leave early and beat the traffic after witnessing a dismal display from the Gunners. Much of the vitriol from the away end was aimed at Danny Welbeck, who missed a glorious opportunity to equalise in the second half. Should the former Manchester United man be an automatic pick for Arsene Wenger or is he better deployed from the bench?

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Welbeck has many qualities, including terrific movement, power, mobility and an electric burst of pace but his productivity has been called into question recently. He has spent much of his Arsenal career on the sidelines having endured a frustrating run of injuries but he’s featured in consecutive matches for the Gunners this season and even notched his first goal of the campaign in their comeback victory against Leicester.
The striker pesters defenders, he’ll hassle opposition players all day long but when he’s bearing down on goal, he often panics and wastes opportunities. He netted just four times in 20 appearances last season and since breaking into the Manchester United first team in 2008, he has never reached double figures.
Fans also expressed their disappointment and frustration in Welbeck’s performance on social media, with some supporters suggesting his presence in the side is the sole reason that Arsenal haven’t come close to clinching the Premier League title in a number of years. Perhaps that is a little harsh.
He did miss a couple of glorious chances against Stoke, however, with the ball bouncing off his shoulder, before crashing against the bar on one occasion as Arsenal’s desperation to hit the target continued.
Consistency in front of goal is something the striker could certainly improve, often conspiring to score from impossible angles before fluffing his lines five yards out with just the goalkeeper to beat.

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Summer signing Alexandre Lacazette is likely to be Wenger’s first choice this season and the £40 million man has started both Premier League matches so far. The Frenchman believed he’d levelled matters against Stoke before seeing the assistant referee’s flag rule him offside. A furious Arsene Wenger insisted the goal should have stood but will be pleased with the sharpness shown by his frontman.
Olivier Giroud is often best deployed from the bench as an impact player but perhaps Welbeck’s pace could be a far more useful weapon against tiring opposition defences.
Firepower is not often a problem for the Gunners with the North London side plagued by defensive instability for a number of seasons and they are rarely trusted by punters to keep a clean sheet. Many online prediction sites, including Sportsbet’s blog dedicated to sports, predicted that Leicester would leave the Emirates with a point on the opening weekend and the Foxes were just seconds away from doing so.
Welbeck’s performances continue to frustrate Arsenal fans but the frontman is off the mark for the season at least. He is likely to play second fiddle to Alexandre Lacazette this season although his pace is extremely handy in wider positions. Arsene Wenger might take the 26-year-old out of the spotlight against Liverpool on August 27, but 20 minutes of his boundless energy may just help Arsenal successfully open up the Reds backline at Anfield.

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