Arsene Wenger watched his new boy Danny Welbeck destroy Galatasary with some brilliant finishing for Arsenal, but he seemed surprised that the England international could run and finish so well!
He was asked after the game if he had learnt anything about Welbeck that he didn’t know before and he replied: “That he’s a good finisher. I believe that, technically, he’s very sound. That was a surprise that he’s technically clean and that he’s a good passer of the ball. I didn’t know he was so quick. Honestly, I knew he was quick but he can be electric when he starts – he has great pace.”
“He was on the end of good movements tonight and we had good pace in our game. Our transition play and our finishing was good, and Danny was at the end of good collective movements. Of course it’s good to see that he’s slowly gaining confidence and finishing well. It’s nice to see the potential is there and he’s starting to get there – hopefully that hat-trick will help him gain confidence.”
“It always helps to know that you have a good chance to play in the next game. What’s good for me is that his link play is good as well. His teamwork and his work rate is at the level of the team. His attitude is very positive – he’s a team player, not just a finisher. He has learned that on the flank and he wants to help the team.”
Well if Wenger doesn’t think he has finished improving then us Arsenal fans can look forward to many years of watching Welbeck start knocking in hat-tricks on a regular basis. He always looked dangerous when he got the ball and I was particularly impressed with his second goal when he skipped away from Felipe Melo and slotted the ball home cooly.
So come on Danny, let’s see another performance like that against Chelsea this weekend!