How Arsenal have made Welbeck a BETTER player!

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans can hardly believe our luck that Louis van Gaal took the decision that Manchester United were full to the brim of quality striking options (snigger) and felt that he no need of Danny Welbeck and would therefore be happy to sell the forward to a direct rival.

But as much as we have felt the benefit from that last minute deadline day transfer, there is an argument that the man who has benefited the most is the England manager Roy Hodgson, because Welbeck has been on fire on the international stage since his move to north London.

After eight goals from his first 26 England caps, Welbeck has bagged six goals from the last seven games. And I think that is directly due to the confidence and belief that he has gained from having the Arsenal boss show real faith in him, including giving him chances to play in his favoured centre forward role.

When you consider how little trust was put in Welbeck at Old Trafford over the years, it has been like a weight lifted off his shoulders joining the Gunners. There is more to it as well though, as Welbeck contributes a lot more than goals and his game is really coming along with all the one touch and fluent football he has been doing with Arsenal since joining.

I think there is a lot more to come from young Danny as well, for England and Arsenal, and his £16 million transfer looks like a brilliant piece of business for Wenger and the player. Do you think van Gaal is still convinced he did the right thing?

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  1. Greg says:

    Man united’s loss, is arsenal’s gain! Coyg!

    1. YingYang69 says:

      Colombian journo Alejandre Oman Ruiz said shed strip if her team got promoted, they did and she did… whow. How lovely it would be if Natalie Sawyer, Olivia Wayne, Kate Abodo and Sarah Jane from sky sports followed suit.

  2. Greg says:

    With us he is getting more playing time to show off his talent, than at man u he was just on the outside looking in with limited game time! Danny wellbeck will be great for us, lets just give him the time and patience! Coyg!

  3. Arsenal Fan says:

    I think it is safe to say he isn’t worth £16m anymore!

    1. Sumo says:

      Definitely, i agree. With the English Premium topping on English players and being younger, around 23 while being a work horse on the field who can play both flanks as well as a striker I say he should be 18-19 mil.
      Andy Carrol cost 35. And Falcaos loan fee+wage is 16 mil for one year only.

  4. Wayne Barker says:

    Funny aint that the same welbeck was bashed left right and centre when he was selected forf english squad for the brazil 2014. Fans around England termed his worse than heskey but now suddenly he has become the best.

    His finishing needs to improve, he does all the hardwork but his finishing lets him down. And as for whether MU missing him, I dont think so. 16 millions was good for all the parties , but expect more from welbeck.

    1. Wayne Barker says:

      termed him* worse

  5. BarryL says:

    Le Prof seems to have a lot of time for Danny (as does Roy H), because he is a real team man. He’s quick + he does the dirty work too (unlike Theo).
    If he can improve his control on that 2nd or 3rd touch, and improve his finishing by 30% or so, he’s going to be even more valuable to us as he develops.
    He looks like he’s enjoying his time here, and his goal against Manure could be a telling contribution this season

    1. jonestown1 says:

      Spot on BarryL – “real team man” is something craved by managers but nearly always overlooked by supporters who want something more with glitter and tassels on it. SAF adored DW as a squad member for his versatility, work ethic and dependability. He freely admits he never gave him many opportunities at CF mainly because they had the likes of RvN, Rooney, Tevez etc. But he never hesitated once in sticking him on the team sheet where something extra was required from his team in a difficult away tie for instance. Debates about whether DW is good enough to be a fully paid up Arsenal 1st X1 player are missing the point in my opinion – he is a fantastic squad option/player and behind every successful club there is a well structured and balanced squad. The debate about DW value to the team/squad has many more subtleties to it than the quick fire questions as to why he is not scoring more from a wide position. For example, just having Alexis and Welbeck on the pitch in wide positions with their industry and ground-covering capabilities gives better possibilities and more security to whichever full backs are playing. Better FB play also has a knock-on effect in that they are better placed to help the CBs who are not pulled wide so often to cover threats. And for those who will sarcastically deride defensive abilities in a forward then I say you don’t really understand the modern game. Most great modern teams have 11 forwards and 11 defenders on the field, period.

  6. Sumo says:

    Van Gaal decision at the time was vindicated regarding Welbeck on paper. Van Persie had a good world cup who played for him. And Falcao was the worlds best poacher. So it was vindicated.
    But what Van Gaal said after the departure was insulting. And now making him look stupid.

    Anyways Ramsey plays today. Hope he scores today. Wales is my team for the Euros. Just cause of Ramsey.

    1. Sumo says:

      Woodtouch. Aaron Ramsey scores.

  7. Sumo says:

    Also it’s disgusting to see Arsenal fans drooling over Petr Cech. Szczesny is our academy graduate and Cech is a Chelsea legend. Szczesny is young and needs time to sort his head out. But the Szczesny out Cech in thing is downright insulting to the player who just won the golden glove last year. People forget the amount of times Szczesny kept us in games last year. And he is very young for the age of a goalkeeper. He has unbelievable quality, just check out the Poland vs Germany game incase you have missed it. He is a tremendous asset to have. And to top it all he loves Arsenal and is a fan. People need to cool their horses in stead of shouting Cech Cech. You really want to be rooting for a Chelsea player now over Arsenal graduate?

    1. jonestown1 says:

      I agree – not very appetising and it would create a dilemma for Wenger that not even his arch-nemesis Mourinho could solve – how to accommodate two top, top class keepers in your squad. If Cech came then either he ousts DO from his first X1 slot and DO gets relegated to whence he came or Cech acts as back-up – but why the hell would he move sideways to be benched at another London team. Perhaps he thinks he has a much better chance of shifting DO than he has of displacing TC – a reasonable possibility. Having said all that can’t see WS sitting around on the bench for much longer at this stage of his career.

    2. Ks-Gunner says:

      I will root even for the devil if he makes us strong. Whoever is fit to play and can bring glory fto us i will sing his name. I dont see Chelsea fans be so sentimental with their player and Cesc joining them. If Cech comes to Arsenal then its Sezas fault alone.

  8. Greg says:

    Well said sumo you got a good point! I just hope szczesny sorts his head out, and gets back to his very best form for arsenal fc! Coyg!

  9. Greg says:

    Nice to see “rambo” scoring for wales! Lets Hope this a sign that he is rounding back to his best form, and the rambo returns back to his old goal scoring ways! Coyg!

    1. RSH says:

      and picked up an assist. some nice footwork on that one too.

  10. GOONSTER says:

    To me he has not improved at all.. He came to Arsenal with exactly the same stats as he has now, I think he has stagnated. He has never scored more than 10 goals a season in his all careers so far.

    He is on 4 goals in the PL at the moment, and 8 overall in all competitions. If that is improve,nt then you got to be kidding me..

    Walcott has been out nearly all season and only played about 9 games and most of them as a sub..

    Welbeck does not look like a striker, he still has a very poor first touch, can’t do link up, he is hardly in any goal scoring positions, he spend most of his time outside the box running around making himself tired instead of doing what he is supposed to do (scoring goals).

    I think he has got a long way to go, no improvement for me..

    1. GOONSTER says:

      .. but Walcott has scored 2 goals and if not because of lack of fitness and confidence he would have scored so many as he has missed clear cut chances… Welbeck hardly ever gets the opportunities to score goals as he has not got a strikers instinct like Walcott. Welback can’t read passes, does not know how to position himself most of the time and that’s why he hardly ever scores or gets into goal scoring positions..

      Needs to improve a lot..

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        Whatever your name is, why is it so hard for you to atmid that Welbeck is a better player then Walcott is? Welbeck can only become better with time where Walcott will not.

    2. jonestown1 says:

      Still don’t get why you and many others are assessing and judging DW on goals scored from a wide/wing position. He did score 6 or 7 goals in the first few months when played as CF. If he was our regular starting CF then there is a discussion to be had. Is Ox assessed on his goals when he plays RW? Do you see Mourinho fretting about Willian’s goal tally from his wide right position? In fact if you want to make a direct comparison with Chelsea you can see how Mourinho has balance in his front 3 behind Costa with Hazard on one side for flair and second striker option (for Arsenal read Alexis) and Willian on the other side.

  11. Ks-Gunner says:

    He reminds me of a headles chicken at times, but he will deff improve his game with time by gaining more experience. Him improving his finishing and a superb player we will have for years.

  12. Wayne Barker says:

    Looking at welbecks stats , I dont think he has improved much. 8 goals in 29 appearance isnt something to crave about. Last season he scored 10 goals for MU so still have to do a lot. Also, what he does for england hardly makes any difference for us. Even in big international championships he goes missing.

    The only good thing about the lad is he is young but that wont last long. He will be 25 later this year so he should be firing goals now. As long as he is a good squad player, I wont complain .

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