You might think that the Arsenal and England international star Danny Welbeck might feel a little put out about having to play second fiddle to Olivier Giroud, in the Premier League games at least, since the Frenchman returned from his lengthy injury lay off, but he doesn´t seem to be.
Welbeck did not say as much anyway as he spoke to Arsenal Player about his first season as a Gunner. Perhaps Welbeck is just grateful that Giroud´s time out this this season allowed the former Man United striker the chance to play in his preferred centre forward position.
The 24-year old actually declared himself delighted with the way things have gone at his new club, thanking all the players as well as the staff behind the scenes and of course, the fans who have taken to him so quickly. The only thing that Welbeck is not so chuffed about it seems, is his goal tally of just eight goals, although he did record his first career hat-trick in the Champions League and that was a big highlight.
Danny is not too concerned about his goal scoring though, as he feels that it being his first season in a new team and city can account for some of that, while he is confident that he will do much better next season in front of goal.
Welbeck said, “It’s been transitional for me, moving down to London, playing in a new system for a new manager and a new team, getting used to new things around the club.
“I’m happy about the move to Arsenal and I think things will go well for me in the future. It’s a good group of lads and everyone’s been class with me since the day I arrived.
“It’s not just my team-mates, it’s the staff around the training ground, at the stadium – everyone’s made me feel welcome. The fans have been brilliant as well so they’ve made it very easy for me.
“It’s not just one thing [that has improved]. My all-round game, getting used to the different systems and different players means you learn a lot more, gather more experience and you just develop naturally.
“There have been a few highlights really. Performance-wise, I’ve had a few good ones and it’s difficult to pick one.
“Scoring my first professional hat-trick was a special moment for me. I want to improve, to keep getting better as a person and a player down here.”
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