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