Why Welbeck is an excellent attribute to Arsenals current setup by Big Gun
I have just read an article by KJ about Olivier Giroud and the possibility of him leaving because of Danny Welbeck. It was a good read and I agreed with most of it, except that I believe both Giroud and Welbeck can be utilized effectively in our current setup. Giroud is useful against certain teams. We saw what happened when he was brought on against Everton. He gives us an extra dimension to our attack when we play those teams with more physicality. Giroud will just have to come to terms with the fact that he will and must be used as a squad player and not our No1 CF. If he had pace and dribbling skills and worked a bit harder in terms of pressing defenders, then I’d say yes he deserves to be played as much as possible without wearing him down too much. But honestly he is NOT an all-round striker that is capable of adjusting to any situation, therefore he will have to be used strategically.
Danny Welbeck not only has pace and can run in behind defences, he has height too (1.85m) and I think it is an attribute being overlooked, because this means he can run onto through balls from our midfielders AND capitalize on crosses and air balls from our wingers and full backs. To give an idea of how tall he actually is, Karim Benzema is 1.87m tall. Olivier Giroud is 1.92m tall. Theo Walcott is 1.76m. Alexis Sanchez is 1.69m. You get the point. All of our pacy strikers, (Walcott, Chamberlain, Campbell, Gnabry etc) are lacking this one attribute, but not Danny Welbeck. He compliments our current setup more than we currently realize. The only thing he will have to work on a little bit is his finishing, but that will come in good time. The more game time he gets, the more confident he will become in front of goal. He never had this opportunity at United so his progress was hindered quite a lot, especially having to compete with the likes of Rooney and Van Persie for that central role. At Arsenal, he will be given plenty opportunity and as many have said in previous comments, Sir Alex Ferguson rated him highly and had big plans for him before he retired.
I am convinced he will gel perfectly with our current squad and I honestly think Wenger has signed another gem in the making, if not already poised to make his mark in the BPL. At 23 years of age and tons of experience already, Arsenal have a long term CF with all the attributes to lead us to glory for years to come.