Has Danny Welbeck now earned his place at the World Cup with England?

We all know that Danny Welbeck is one of Arsenal’s most injured players and rarely completes a season for us. He is usually deployed as a winger rather than a striker, but this season the Englishman has started popping up with important goals when called upon.

Danny was not in today’s starting line-up due to having both Lacazette and Aubameyang available, but Arsene Wenger believes that Danny has done enough lately to persuade Gareth Southgate to include in this summers England squad to go to Russia. “For Danny it has been very good recently because he got games.” Wenger said. “He needed games and what is good with Danny is that he has a combination of power, pace and determination when he is really at his best physically. He looks like that is where he is now. Maybe he would not be there now if he had played all the games. If Danny is injury-free, he is a very good player. We spoke many times about Danny when he was regularly in the national team. He was a very good player.”

Welbeck definitely seems to be playing much better since he was recalled to the squad for England’s last two friendlies, and Wenger was asked if that has given him a confidence boost? Wenger replied: “Maybe. That reminded him that he is not completely forgotten, because at the moment everybody is talking about [Harry] Kane and rightly so. But there is room for him [Welbeck]. If you are national coach, what for me is very interesting is that he can play wide – on the right, on the left – and central. He can play with anybody.”

He is certainly playing out of his skin! The problem is that he has got to stay fit until the end of the season, but if he does, should he on that plane with England?



  1. Jaydawg says:

    If world cup squads were picked based purely on a players seasons performance for their club. No one in the Arsenal team should be picked. There not and Danny boy steps up his game for his nation, so I reckon he should go on that basis alone

    1. Phil says:

      I’m with KENNY ROLFE.Who can even think about giving a flying F**k about England at the World Cup when we are in the mess we are in?Things are getting worse.The majority said this would happen.Wengers results and performances were steadily going down and what happened?He was REWARDED with a TWO YEAR CONTRACT.The ridiculous thing is he seriously believes he is still the man to take the Club forward.How can he even believe he will be given the chance?This Manager and This Owner and his Board must ACT NOW.Not at the end of the season.Not whether we get through to the Europa Final.NOW.He should be HUMILIATED like he deserves.

      1. Sue says:

        The board & Wenger are in denial & have been for years! Other boards & managers hold their hands up & admit they got it wrong & have to change something… but not us…
        After a crap game like yesterday I say that’s it I’m not watching anymore until he’s gone, but I always tune in & have bought tickets for the Burnley game for my son & I. I love Arsenal so much, but this is too much to take ?
        Wenger out!!!

  2. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Who cares about England and Welbeck. A couple of decent games and now everybody’s raving about him. It’s a pity he never put in these performances earlier in the season. What I can’t believe is the senile one, according to reports, now wants another Manchester United flop in Anthony Martial, it’s his new plan for next year, a keeper, a centre half and nine forwards. Will someone tell this dinosaur it’s defenders we need not more attackers. Please, please, please get out of our club, you know you’re not wanted by 90% of Arsenal fans

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      martial may be a flop but hes a quality talen

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Yeah, he’s so good that’s why he’s behind Lukaku, Sanchez, Rashford and Ibra, when he was there.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          Anyway, what kind of a statement is that, “he may be a flop but he’s a quality flop”

          1. John Ibrahim says:

            he maybe a flop at utd but hes a talent…he needs to play for the right team and manager…

            the same can be said for Mikhi

            the only concern is his attitude

          2. Kenny Rolfe says:

            It’s quite obvious that Mourinho wants to help Wenger. “All is forgiven Arsene, and to show you I forgive you, I’m going to let you have one of my best players for £60 Million only” He can keep Martial, I’m more concerned about getting rid of Wenger.

          3. Kenny Rolfe says:

            The only thing I’ve seen him do good was when he scored on his debut, since then, nothing. Another Peter Marinello, but you’ve probably never heard of him.

          4. jon fox says:

            Young Marinello? Yes, scored on his debut at Old Trafford and then disappeared without trace. Long haired George Best lookalIke but wIthout an ounce of BESTS SUBLIME TALENT. I RECKON Wenger must have recommended him to us, since he has Wengers mark; nothing about him, flattering to deceive etc.

          5. Kenny Rolfe says:

            I must tell you Jon, I was at Old Trafford that day being a young North Bank boy and the build up to Marinello’s appearance was quite phenomenal. Arsenal’s record signing at the time, £100,000, the comparison to George Best, had the Mancunians laughing at him, but it was about 15 minutes in to the game when Marinello recieved the ball on the edge of the box, done two players in the space of a yard and drilled an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner of the goal at the Stretford End. Well, Old Trafford was in a state of shock, you could here a pin drop in the Stretford End. Sadly because of injuries and a champagne life style that’s all he ever done for Arsenal. 51 games and a handful of goals later he was moved on but I will never forget that debut.

      2. jon fox says:

        Come again?

    2. Nayr says:

      we don’t need martial.

      what we need is a new coach
      defender like kalidou koulibaly and a worldclass gk like jan oblak.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Exactly Nayr

        1. Phil says:

          TWO world class CENTRAL DEFENDERS
          ONE world class GOALKEEPER

          But first and foremost A NEW MANAGER

          1. Sue says:


      2. Innit says:

        I agree that we need uogrades in those positions especially manager but That won’t be enough to win the PL and may not even be enough to finish in top 4

        You are basically saying we just need a defender and GK, but the rest of the team is top quality.

        As starters go I am only satisfied with Lacazette, Aubameyang, Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Monreal/Kolsanic.

        I think we need minimum:
        1. Two top CB
        2. A RB to challenge Bellerin
        3. A defensive midfielder
        4. Top box 2 box central midfielder
        Optional- Another top class AM/winger

        3 signings won’t necessarily get us back in the Top 4 let alone compete for the PL.

        Managers like Allegri, Simeone, Ancelloti, Enrique etc will do better than Wenger at getting the best of our players but they aren’t miracle workers.

        1. John Ibrahim says:

          u have name 6….

          hence we need another 19 more quality signings to make the 25 men squad

          need players to cover for injuries and burn out too

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            I’ll settle for six new players to go with the five that Innit suggested and of course most importantly a new manager/coach. The new manager, providing he’s top class, will improve enough players to make a decent squad.

          2. John Ibrahim says:

            6 that’s not enough….

            we need more….

            Can you imagine City without De Bruyne, Silva, Sane and Fernandino?

            they wouldn’t not have enough creative players to create scoring opportunity just like we were without Ozil, Ramsay, Wilshere and Mkhi….

            Hence we need 25 world class players to provide competition and rotation

          3. Stop trolling John Ibrahim, there’s no team that has 25 world class players. All we need to do is FIRE THE MANAGER and get 3 or 4 new signings. A GK, DM and 1 or 2 CBs..that’s it and that’s doable in one transfer window. If we do that am absolutely sure we will be challenging for the champions league like Liverpool have done.

          4. Rkw says:

            We need a manager who can improve some of the players we have … Guardiola has done that with delph sterling sane ottomendi walker fernandinho and even komoany … That’s quality management and that can’t be said about one player under the fossils last decade in charge

          5. Sue says:

            Still not sold on Sterling ?

    3. Lance says:

      Kenny, I agree with you it is the defence that needs sorting but Martial isn’t a flop. That a manager refuses to play a player doesn’t make him a flop. Would you call Lukas Podolski , Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell flops? Certainly not. The manager, for whatever reason, just didn’t like to field them.

  3. Roy says:

    Anyone notice how many players we buy go backwards. Those two zombies sitting on their Arse.s on the bench are the problem.Out both of them.Even the kit man looks as though he’s had to many pies. PS Agree with everything Kenny says.

    1. Sue says:

      Yes all of them!! Look how excited everyone was about Xhaka… he was that bit of rough we needed in midfield….. now look at him! Always does alright for Switzerland though!

  4. Ozziegunner says:

    After this shambolic gutless display at Newcastle, only Rob Holding went across to thank the 3000 visiting Arsenal fans, many of them travelling 5 hours to attend. He was probably our best defender, which isn’t saying a lot. The rest led by “fearless leader” Arsene Wenger couldn’t get down the tunnel fast enough. Totally disrespectful!
    Why should any Arsenal fan support any Arsenal player in playing for their country, when they don’t give a “rat’s arse” about fans?

    1. Sue says:

      That’s disgusting!! I thought all our defenders were crap! I never want to see Mustafi again!! Or Cech!!

      1. Yes, Mustafi is alarmingly morphing into another Squillaci. Cech is showing us why he was kicked out of Chelsea. We must revamp the defence. From DM-CB-GK..massive changes are needed. Whoever we buy, it is with the utmost importance that the inept dinosaur is not allowed to lay any of his poisonous fingers on them.

    2. RSH says:

      its painfully obvious nobody at the club cares about what fans have to say. Especially Wenger, who is the biggest egomaniac in the entire game.

  5. McLovin says:

    Cech is done. He has been done since last season to be honest. Yet, he’s still here. No doubt he is good buddy buddies with Wenger.

    We need:

    – new GK
    – 2 new CB’s
    – new RB
    – CDM
    – CM
    – winger

    But first and foremost, NEW MANAGER.

    Take out your Wenger OUT banners and make them ready. If we WIN the Europa League, take them out after few days of celebration. If we get knocked out of Europa League, take them out instantly.

    Whatever happens this season, Wenger needs to be SACKED.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      I agree

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Goal keeper Jack Butland may be available from Stoke should they get relegated. Right age 25, height 1.96m, English International.
        I would also add a deep lying midfielder to replace Santi Cazola.

        1. jon fox says:

          I would prefer Nick Pope , from what I have seen of him this season. I do like Butland also though

        2. RSH says:

          I like Pickford over Butland. Everton are very poor but he makes a lot of excellent saves. We do need improvement in all these areas but all that money cant be spent in one window realistically. Priorities should be GK, one CB, CM, winger. I think thats very possible. A new manager can work with players like Bellerin and hopefully make them far better than they have been lately. And maybe, just maybe something can be done with Granit Xhaka under right manager. I dont see us getting a new CDM unless we sell Xhaka first though.

  6. tas says:

    Moving on from it all for this season i fear for worst to come next season ( just had a deja vu
    i say the same thing every season around this time ) City already are talking spending 600 Million in the next two to three years on new players and you can bet Man-U will follow to try and close the gap, Liverpool can sell one player and buy an entire squad, Chelsea owner Abromovich has started to make noise’s about next season so they will be spending, spuds will try to keep their existing players with one or two additions to strengthen and some salary rises to keep the elite, and Arsenal will go head to head with the likes of Burnley Everton Leicester for average players signature, and the board will make sure even if they replace AW they will replace him with AW No2 who will do what the board decides on who and how much to spend

    1. tas says:

      If Arsenal is to be a top four club again i believe the board has to set huge challenges to it self by hiring outspoken top manager who will fight tooth and nail for top players first with the board then with other teams for the signature, we are fast going down the pecking order on signings for top players, we have been leapfrogged by the likes of Liverpool and Spuds

  7. John Ibrahim says:

    Even without Ramsay, Wilshere, Ozil, Mkhitrian, Carzola, Kos, Bellerin and Kolasanac…..

    we should be able to beat a newcastle side away…..

    our strikers Laca, Auba, Welbeck

    Midfielders Xhaka, wilock and etc …
    and defenders Mustafic, Monreal, Holding and etc…

    should be able to create goals and score

  8. jon fox says:

    Personally, I won’t be watching or following England in the corruptly chosen Russia as host. This is a rogue country and FIFA is STILL a bunch of crooks. IMO, any honourable player would decline to go at all and an honourable FA would boycott the WC. The same is true of Qatar, the WC after this one.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Just think jon except for FIFA corruption and the power of broadcasters (inconvenient time zone) you could be visiting beautiful Australia in 2022.

  9. Break-on-through says:

    Yes Danny will definitely go, teams bring three or four strikers along and with him being capable at playing different positions should make him a guarantee. After Kane who have England got, Rooney? Defoe? Stirling? Rashford? Vardy?. Danny has height and strength and speed but mostly he has a great scoring record for the lions. Rashford Kane Welbeck Stirling I’d imagine but they need someone who can play behind or alongside CF with some creativity. Creativity is the area England struggle in compared to the top nations. They always have good strikers and defenders but quick, fluid & precise passing is a handicap.

    1. RSH says:

      Kane,Rashford, Vardy, Sterling are all going, and way better than Welbeck. that makes four forwards. They’d probably bring a young player like Abraham or Solanke after that. Would they waste a slot of Danny who would only be a sub and has no real future with England?I don’t see any Englishman from our club getting in. Wilshere had a brief chance but his form has gone way down and he picked up injuries for the two England games he was supposed to play in so I think he’s out.

  10. Midkemma says:

    I hope he goes for his price tag.
    I want him gone, I tried to get behind Welbroke but he is not what we need, he lacks consistency and quality.

    Sell him and sell the other fringe attackers and buy Martial.

    Don’t forget we have Perez and Campbell still who ontop of Welbroke, then there is youth who will not make it at Arsenal but can still bring in small amounts which add up.
    Then there is sales in other areas which can raise funds, Xhaka and Mustafi being 2 to consider which could bring in some cash.

    Arsenal didn’t do badly on cash during the last 2 windows so we have a bank balance… I am of the opinion that Gazidis has been doing this in anticipation of a new manager, he didn’t want Wenger to get his new deal and since then Arsenal (as a club) have been buying from money generated from sales, largely.

    If so, then we may be surprised and see more change this summer than a lot of us expect.

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