Danny Welbeck has made a solid start to life at Arsenal following his £16 million deadline day move to the Gunners from Manchester United. The former Red Devil netted a superb hat-trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League, seeing people draw comparisons between the England international and Arsenal legend and record goalscorer Thierry Henry.
He may be a long way from replicating the great man but he can certainly do a very good job at the Emirates and it could prove to be a shrewd signing from Arsene Wenger. The 23-year-old should thrive under his guidance in London and the striker is always a solid selection in the goalscorer markets for both club and country and we have selected five reasons why you should considering betting on Welbeck in the goalscorer markets.
5. His England record is solid
Welbeck is always worth consideration in any of the goalscorer markets when playing for England. Just like at Manchester United, the striker has found himself pushed out wide for England with Sturridge and Rooney often used as the main centre forward but his strike rate for the Three Lions is more than credible. The England forward has a record of 11 in his first 30 England appearances, giving him an average of a goal every three games or every 175 minutes. And the record is more impressive when you consider the forward has started just 21 of those games.
4. He has a point to prove at Arsenal
The striker arrived at Arsenal looking to prove he is a top-four player after being dumped by Manchester United. Louis van Gaal simply did not rate the forward and did not view the striker as a top player. The England international will be determined to prove him wrong and started well with five goals in his opening seven matches in all competitions. His record at United was not great, 29 goals in 142 appearances, but he often found himself out of position, playing out wide, with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie preferred up front. Leading the attack at Arsenal, particularly while Olivier Giroud is injured, the striker could comfortably net 15-20 Premier League goals this season and has to be worth considering in the anytime market.
3. Arsene Wenger has a proven record with strikers
The Frenchman turned Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor into prolific Premier League centre-forwards during his time at Arsenal. The 65-year-old will be confident he can do the same with Welbeck, a player who arrives in a similar position to Henry and van Persie, young and talented but not the finished product. And like the two men before him, Welbeck arrives after spending a lot of his career playing out wide at Old Trafford. His comparison with Henry may be premature but Welbeck has made no secret of the fact that the prolific World Cup winner was his idol as a kid and he has modelled his game around the forward. Welbeck’s game will improve under Wenger and and he will score goals, averaging more than a goal every other game so far at the Emirates.
2. His workrate will always give him a chance
One of the best attributes of Welbeck’s game is his excellent work rate. Few strikers work as hard as he does and it is that added effort that make him a good bet in the last goalscorer market. The former Sunderland-loanee has been praised for his exceptional work rate and willingness to follow instructions from the bench. The 23-year-old’s superb stamina will always see him get that one final chance in front of goal and if he can fine-tune his finishing under Wenger he could pop up with a late goal, just like he did against Hull City in October 2-2’s draw.
1. He’ll actually play up front at Arsenal (and finish games)
Welbeck’s strike rate has been brought into question and on paper it does not look great, but how often did he actually play up front at Old Trafford? The Manchester United forward scored nine goals in 25 appearances for United last season but he only completed 90 minutes in eight of those matches. And as mentioned earlier he was often pushed out wide with the Red Devils preferring Rooney, van Persie, Berbatov and Hernandez up front during his time in Manchester. At Arsenal, he has been signed as a centre-forward, he’ll lead the attack or play alongside targetman Giroud and can expect to play the majority of games up front and he should get to play a lot more 90 minutes. And more time on the pitch, in his preferred position, should equal more goals. Last season, only Sergio Aguero (1.06), Daniel Sturridge (0,87) and Luis Suarez (1) had a better goals per 90 minute ratio than Welbeck (0.64).