How Welbeck is changing things for Arsenal

After Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for Arsenal in the second half against Galatasaray, the Gunners were already 4-0 up and in little danger of throwing away the win. Even so, we didn’t want to lose any more goals so I was surprised that Wenger took Alexis and Chamberlain off rather than Ozil and Cazorla.

But it worked alright for Arsenal, mainly because of how Danny Welbeck has started to give the Gunners different options. We know that Arsenal have the players to pick a pass but often we have lost it under pressure and that is where we come unstuck.

The pace and movement of Welbeck up front, however, gives the likes of Ozil and Cazorla a decent target and our opponents have a big problem pushing forward. You can bet that Jose Mourinho and Chelsea will be thinking about it in the run up to Sunday’s Premier League game.

And now that Danny boy is proving his critics wrong and showing a striker’s sharpness in front of goal, those balls behind the back are a seriopus danger. His hat-trick against the Turks will give him confidence and give his team mates belief in him as well. His passion and drive also gets those around him going and when we start to get going, Arsenal can be impossible to live with.

It is a bit premature this early in his career, but Welbeck is looking like one of the best transfer moves Arsene Wenger has made in years.

Tags Cazorla Giroud Ozil


  1. haywill says:

    well well well πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    beck beck beck πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    if he scores in the champions league final and we win the trophy ill change my name to haywell πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. mcween says:

      Click final? Let’s just see how we get on against Chelsea shall we…?

      1. mcween says:

        Great formation and lineup though. Happy for welbz.

        1. mcween says:

          And thought cazorla was excellent next to Flamini. Great work rate, got stuck in and eye for a pass. Better than on the wing. Finally Wenger played with proper wingers.

  2. Greg says:

    Awesome performance from danny welbeck! This is a striker growing in confidence! Just what we need! Coyg!

    1. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

      I hope you were not one of the Gooners crying that Wenger should have gone for Balotelli? I know you were not, just rubbing it in to the football “experts”
      I sure would like to see Van Gaal’s face after the hattrick !

      1. mohawk says:

        I hope this Balotelli thing is dead and done. To be fair most fans were hoping for other strikers to arrive – somehow Balotelli was just a favorite subject of media rumors.

        And actually there is no evidence Wenger was ever interested in him in the first place. Made up transfer rumors don’t really count.

      2. Budd says:

        Nope. He wasn’t one asking for Balotelli. leo was the one. Check back the comments and see how was he moaning letting Balotelli go.

  3. haywill says:

    and di u see that ozils passes to cazorla???? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    best no 10 ever πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. Gunner_Bolivia says:

      i said it before and i’ll say it again, the pairing of ozil/cazorla keeps our gameplay much more fluid than the pairing of wilshire/ramsey. ozil/cazorla always pass and go to keep the play flowing and make it harder for the defenders. ramsey/wilshire constatly hold the ball long enough to either slow the play down or lose the ball.

      1. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

        Jack lets players get too close to him. He has simply got to pass the ball before players close him down.

      2. mohawk says:

        The real key – Ozil and Cazorla played centrally where they both excel. And Wenger finally assigned good options on both wings. Welbeck rounded out the attack with his pace and fluid movement.

  4. haywill says:

    ozil > cesc πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  5. Greg says:

    Would love him to score against chelsea to cap off a wonderful week for the lad! Coyg!

  6. jermaineBryan says:

    The only disapointing thing is that red card.

    It ment we couldn’t give players a run out who needed game time eg coqulan,Campbell, poldi

  7. Greg says:

    Just love danny welbecks workrate! Gotta get the stats on that! He really runs his socks off! Coyg!

  8. Jimbeam says:

    Sanchez, Welbeck, Theo, Ox, Ramsey, we have 5 players that can run and run fast for 90 minutes, that is pretty impressive.

    I would actually like Wenger to try OX in midfield next to Ramsey behind Ozil when Theo is back. It could make for a very dynamic midfield duo.

    1. Jogon says:

      Let us not get carried away, Ox cant play the central midfield role, yes he can dribble and has speed but still lacks vision and cant control the ball well besides i dont like players played out of position. Let everyone do his role, see what you get when you play the players in their right positions. I like the way Carzolar distributed the balls to get them away from dangerous positions. If it was jack or Ramsey they would want to run with ball then lose it in dangerous positions resulting into counter attack. Its all about good distribution of the ball. Wilshere should learn from that. Get the ball away from the dangerous positions as fast as possible with precise passing. It looks to me like only Carzolar can play a long pass, others just fear doing that.

      1. supertuur says:

        Well said. Yes I noticed we used the long passes a lot more. You get out of danger and you also allow the other team to keep players back and therefor they can’t do the pressing game.

        Looks like Ramsey has to change his game slightly. With Giroud he was always brought in the attack with the holdup and play. Now with our pacey attack the B2B can sit more back and needs to distribute.

  9. henry12 says:

    Should we play Jack instead of Cazorla for Chelshit, that’s the big question

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      no we should play Ox instead….and Campbell on the wings….

      pace pace and more pace…..

      1. whiterun_guard says:

        Shut your trash mouth wernt you saying we should sell campbell and loan ox you never said anything good about any arsenal player ever and spilling worthless trash everywhere get the f*ck out of this site

        1. Hafiz Rahman says:

          He cant be sold till Jan….are we suggesting that we pay him weekly wages for him to go to clubs and have a drink and sit on the bench and watch the game?

          aint u guys keep calling for pace pace and more pace too?

          1. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

            Still waiting for Cavani ?

          2. supertuur says:

            No not waiting for him. We need CDM and CB, those can be filled in Winter Transfer. We may have CDM options internally available but we should try these when we are comfortably in a winning position.

            * Diaby – He needs to change his game to do this. I think his injury record speaks that he can’t be relied on.
            * Chambers – he could suit this role if we get more defensive cover.
            * Hayden – I honestly think this Academy guy is very much suited for this role more so than a CB.

  10. bigzik says:

    Cazorla should start ahead of Wilshere. We suffer when Wilshere tries to pull strings from the midfield and loses the ball. That’s how teams counter us quickly. Cazorla hardly gets dispossessed. He’s very good at keeping the ball even in tight situations.

  11. Gigi2 says:

    what a great feeling tonight,
    well done Arsenal,
    welbeck, danny

  12. Mistamonn says:

    @Galen. Spot on with the selection. I would have said Diaby to partner Flamini but he’s still not ready for a crunch tie with Chelsea.

  13. fred cowardly says:

    I think we should play Cazorla again in same position against Chelski. Wilshere can come off the bench if needed.

    I think just play the same team that played tonight, except Flamini. We should give the old guy some rest and play Diaby.

    I know Sanchez was upset to be taken off early but we were down to 10 men so needed to defend and also need him fit for Chelski


    1. rambo says:

      And whos going to be helping breaking up the counter attacks when our full backs are up in their box, and they have oscar/fabregas/hazard/costa running at us. Diaby cant protect us, he will be broken.

    2. mohawk says:

      I think it is worth a try but……. Cazorla is not the best defender and against tough teams he may struggle – he was clearly playing a deeper role – and vs. Chelsea he would thus be needed to sometimes defend with the DM and stand strong on the ball.

      Despite what the team sheet said, Arsenal were still playing a 4-2-3-1 formation on Wed. with Flamini deep and Cazorla playing Ramsey’s box-to-box role. And he was disciplined in this new role yet his movement and distribution were fantastic.

  14. Greg says:

    Im still confused as why felipe melo wasnt shown a strait red for the two legged challenge on alexis sanchez?

    1. mohawk says:

      I would like to think the ref did not see it completely. When the ref watches the post-game replay, he will know he missed it.

  15. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    The problem with wilshere is that instead of making some wise passes he prefers to run with the ball and eventually lose it, he has been good this season but think about it. His style only suits him and no one else, thats my theory on why the other midfielders look clumsy when he starts (wilshere tends to get in the others way). Wilshere should be more worried on making passes like cazorla did yesterday instead of taking the ball and try to be awesome, we have three great b2b, the problem is that a balanced team only can play with one of them, i hope wenger undestand this asap

    1. rambo says:

      Yeah, lets all hope Wenger understands something ‘Ljungberg’s Cool Red Hair’ says on this board

    2. rkw says:

      Jesus what a stupid comment….anyway as I have said endlessly wenger’s job is to find the way to get best out of ozil carzola and wilshere they are a world class triumvirate … I think Sanchez and wellbeck give him that opportunity…. But with mert and flamini/arteta behind them there will always be worries…. Failure to fill those gaps this summer is a real shocker

  16. REiGN says:

    When theo returns, we will be probably the fastest team in the league. I’m not being “biased” it’s just a fact.

  17. Gunner_Bolivia says:

    Wlebeck and Ozil are bringing the best out of each other. Welbeck needed that player behind him to slip him thru while ozil needed that player in front of him that is mobile enough to get to his penetrating passes. very fun to watch πŸ™‚

    1. mohawk says:

      Amazing what can happen when you assign players to the right positions.

      1. Gunner_Bolivia says:

        agreed. ozils best games have come from the middle this season. as well as welbeck finally getting a chance as a 9.

  18. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

    Yer crazy? Did you see Santi’s work rate. Did you see him harass the midfielders?

  19. mohawk says:

    I still have some reservations about Cazorla playing the deeper role. Against average teams his talent for passing and distribution will win the day – it clearly hA worked well so far.

    But I fear that Cazorla’s defensive limitations may be a problem when facing tough opposition that can control the ball and offer a strong attack.

    Of course I could be wrong and only by trying it in tough games will we know for sure. At least Wenger has made some much improved player assignment decisions – it is about time.

  20. pranavTrue Gooner says:

    Fair to say cazorla did excelled yesterday. He was wonderful. Wenger has two choices either stick with winning combination or put jack in for santi. I also tend to support jack. He has more defensive capabilities. Chelsea are stronger than gala.

    1. Jogon says:

      Jack has no defensive abilities. I prefer a Jack who is not more than 10 meters away from the defensive midfielder. Him and Ramsay only think about attacking, just do your role and let the front four do their roles, the reasons as to why we always get counter attacks is because jack and Ramsay are always in the oppositions penalty area leaving the defensive midfielder alone against 4 guys, let them move when its necessary

  21. supertuur says:

    We need to park the bus this time. So this one will do it for me.

    Bellerin, Merts, Kos, Gibbs
    —–Flamini, Chambers
    OX, Ozil, Sanchez

    No more running over by Chelsea and we play counter attack with the speed we have.

    1. Mistamonn says:

      Hmmm. Interesting selection. I wonder…

  22. Mistamonn says:

    Hmmm…interesting selection. I wonder….

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