Stats: Arsenal signing Welbeck compares well to Remy and Balotelli

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Arsenal pushed through a deadline day deal for former Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck but how does he compare to Chelsea and Liverpool recruits?

New Liverpool signing Mario Balotelli, during his last season at AC Milan, was a far more prolific shot taker than Danny Welbeck during the Arsenal acquisition's last year at Manchester United. In fact, he attempted a shot every 15 minutes compared to Welbeck's one per 31 minute ratio - with a player Arsenal perhaps could have signed, Loic Remy, somewhere in the middle at every 23 minutes.

That Arsenal required a proven goal-scorer in the summer window was seemingly common knowledge, yet the North Londoners only acted on deadline day, while more bankable players (in terms of shirt sales) were transfer-listed: like Mario Mandzukic, Remy, Balotelli, even Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku or Wilfried Bony were available, or were sold.

The Gunners announced the acquisition of of Welbeck after a two-hour deadline extension was granted by the FA. Considering the club could have bought Mario Balotelli for the same price a week earlier, or Remy for even cheaper, there was the suggestion that Welbeck represented a panic buy.

Out of all three players, Welbeck does have the lowest return of minutes per combined goal and assist, however, he does have one thing in his favour…

 2013-14 league football only TeamMins / Shot% of Goals / ShotGoalsDribble / AppFouled / AppMins / Chance CreatedAssistMins / Goal & AssistAppsMins
Welbeck United 31.72 19.57% 9 1.96 1.24 112.23 1 146.1 25 1,461
Remy Newcastle 23.37 15.56% 14 2.31 1.04 70.10 3 123.41 26 2,098
Balotelli AC Milan 15.09 9.21% 14 1.90 3.22 71.68 6 114.7 30 2,294

Welbeck was only sporadically used last term by David Moyes and, when relied upon, was shunted out wide - despite his natural, and preferred, position being centre forward; a position he will no doubt occupy with immediacy in N5 due to the long-term ankle fracture recently sustained by Olivier Giroud.

Should Welbeck feature up front, rather than out wide, he would be afforded more goal-scoring opportunities and, as the data table above demonstrates, Welbeck capitalises on chances far more efficiently than Chelsea athlete Remy and, in the case of Balotelli, is over twice as superior in this department.

With Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain providing inviting passes for him (and all five are prolific chance creators), Welbeck may find that he has as many as four or five attempts to shoot in any one game.

The Englishman could well be quite prolific at Arsenal. He does, after all, return one goal from every five shots - which is more than you can say for Remy or Balotelli.

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