Proof Danny Welbeck deserves to be No. 9 for Arsenal

Welbeck & Bonucci England vs Italy Euro 2012

Danny Welbeck wants to play as a centre-forward for Arsenal, and his record suggests he deserves a shot.

New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck wants to play regularly as a number nine.

The £16million man was often used out wide for former club Manchester United, but the 23-year-old has revealed his hopes for the future, in terms of both the Gunners and the England national team.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Welbeck said, “I prefer to play as a centre-forward. We’ll see (about his scoring rate) when I get my opportunity to do that.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to get a consistent run of games as number nine but have faith I my ability.”

Welbeck may have only scored 29 goals in 142 appearances for United, but at times he showed he was a natural finisher.

An audacious goal against Derby County back in 2009, when the then-teenager curled the ball effortlessly into the fire corner with a deft right-foot shot, showed what he was capable of. And played consistently up front there is no reason Arsenal’s new forward cannot net at least 20 Premier League goals a season.

While Welbeck scored just nine goals in 25 top-flight games last season, that was from a total of just 19 shots on target, giving him a conversion rate of 47.37%.

  GoalsOn-target Scoring AttemptsGoals / On-target Scoring AttemptsAppsMins
Danny Welbeck 9 19 47.37% 25 1,459

When you consider the 23-year-old scored from nearly one in every two on-target shots he had in the Premier League last season, surely he deserves the chance to show what he can do when played consistently in a central position.

That decision is up to Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson, but it appears Arsenal's £16million man could be on the verge of becoming the prolific front-man many believed he could one day become.

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