Arsenal striker scores and gets MOTM for England

Arsenal may not have had our usual complement of players in the England squad due to Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain not being fit, but the one Gunner who did start against Lithuania made the most of it. Danny Welbeck capped his good performance with a goal, an assist and was desrvedly named Man of the Match bu the ITV commentator.

Welbeck looked sharp from the start and his pace and ability gave the away side real problems on both flanks. And he set the tone for England’s attack, helping them to take an early lead with some great skill to beat a couple of players as he burst through and drew a good save with a smart shot. THe rebound fell to Rooney to head home.

The Arsenal striker nearly got another assist 15 minutes later after another lightning run down the right and a good cross to find Rooney whose header came back off the bar this time. Danny was involved in everything going forwards, was given wrongly offside when through on goal, earned a dangerous free kick and had a decent penalty claim turned down.

JUst when it looked like England would go the break just one ahead, some good movement in the box saw Welbeck get his head on a cross that was deflected in. I’m sure it will be his goal as his header was goalbound but the deflection was a bit fortunate.

He continued to play well and with a smile on his face until replaced by Theo Walcott towards the end. Walcott looked alright after coming on but did not have the same sort of influence as his club team mate and will hope for more time on the pitch against Italy on Tuesday.

Welbeck though, continues his improvement since joining Arsenal and that is very good news for us.

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  1. NY_Gunner says:

    Good shift Danny…

  2. Greg says:

    Congrats danny boy! Well done! Coyg!

  3. Greg says:

    Please keep that form for liverpool next week danny boy! A double from you would be great! Coyg!

  4. ThirdManJW says:

    Great performance from Danny, you can see why he’s keeping Walcott out of the team at the moment.

  5. Jim A says:

    It was a very good signing! I can still see in my head that goal against MU.

  6. Abu says:

    Danny boy is a completely different player playing for the Three lions than he is playing for the Gunners. He seems to find the back of the net more often wearing his country colors than in an Arsenal colors. I wish reverse is the case.

  7. fred cowardly says:

    Congrats. He is proving that he was worth the £16 million

    His goal against United wont be forgotten for a while simply because he was dismissed by United for lack of quality and knocked United out of the FA Cup. Poetic Justice

    For England, almost every match he is showing his quality

    In the next 2-3 years, Welbeck needs to improve his finishing a great deal (his finishing isnt as good as Giroud and Giroud isnt the greatest finisher) and also try to hold the ball longer. He will be amazing if he can improve

    Walcott vs Welbeck vs Ox to partner Alexis on the Wings
    Hopefully the three Englishmen can make each other better

    1. mark says:

      Let go of your prejudice against Giroud. He IS a great finisher. END OF. 😉

  8. TJ says:

    Flying up from Australia for the game against Liverpool – yippee for me!!!
    The last Arsenal game I watched was the last game at Highbury back in 2006 v Wigan. Been a long time between drinks.
    Would love another 4-2 result but I will take a win at any score.
    Fingers crossed all the boys come back from the International break fit and healthy.

      1. juhislihis says:

        Oy, Londoners, what’s the best place to overnight in London? Something close to Emirates?

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      I heard Welbeck got injured. Not sure if it’s true, but I definately noticed him limping off when he was subbed.

  9. Twig says:

    Welbeck to miss Italy clash. Walcott now has a chance to put himself back into reckoning…

  10. vitman says:

    The bad news is that he got injured in the match and is likely to miss Liverpool clash. I hope Theo seizes the opportunity and score a hatrick against Pool.

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