Stats: Welbeck set for debut; how did he perform vs City in recent years?

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Danny Welbeck could be set to make his Arsenal debut this weekend, against Manchester City, but how did he perform against the club for Manchester United?

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, bought for £16 million from Manchester United last week, is in line to make his Gunners debut on Saturday as, due to a shortage of quality striking options, Arsene Wenger could give the Englishman a baptism of fire when Manchester City visit the Emirates Stadium.

City are a team Welbeck knows particularly well and, in the last three seasons, has consistently featured in the Premier League fixture - both home (at Old Trafford) and away.

However, in 275 minutes of combined pitch-time from three years, Welbeck failed to affect the scoreline in a positive manner - he neither scored, nor assisted a goal, however, as the data tables below demonstrate, the 23-year-old was a nuisance in and around the attacking third of the pitch as a large percentage of his overall passes finished in the final third.

 Creativity 2013-14 ClubOpponentTouchesPass AccMins / Pass% of Final Third passesChances CreatedAssistsAppsMins
Welbeck United City 74 93.88% 2.08 34.69% 0 0 2 102
 Creativity 2012-13 ClubOpponentTouchesPass AccMins / Pass% of Final Third passesChances CreatedAssistsAppsMins
Welbeck United City 35 72.00% 2.04 56.00% 1 0 2 51
 Creativity 2011-12 ClubOpponentTouchesPass AccMins / Pass% of Final Third passesChances CreatedAssistsAppsMins
Welbeck United City 73 93.62% 2.60 46.81% 1 0 2 122

Renowned for his aerial ability, physical attributes, pace and work-rate, Welbeck was rarely able to get a head on the football as Manchester City continually thwarted him - he only one two headers from six recent Premier League appearances against the Etihad club.

Welbeck, though, is continually shunted out wide for United and would play as a centre forward for Arsenal where he could realise his Nwankwo Kanu like potential.

While he failed to score against City in the past three seasons, he only managed four shots on goal.

Considering Welbeck's average shots to goals ratio for the last year of football is one for every five, then providing he is utilised in a centre forward's role and provided the sort of service that Arsenal's attack-minded midfielders are known for, then the former United star could spring a surprise on Saturday and return a dream debut for his new points-hungry club.

 Attacking 2013-14

ClubOpponentMins / Header WonMins / DribbleTimes DispossessedFouledMins / ShotShot AccGoalsAppsMins
Welbeck United City 0 25.50 1 2 51.00 0.00 0 2 102
Attacking 2012-13 ClubOpponentMins / Header WonMins / DribbleTimes DispossessedFouledMins / ShotShot AccGoalsAppsMins
Danny Welbeck United City 51.00 25.50 2 3 51.00 0.00 0 2 51
 Attacking 2011-12 ClubOpponentMins / Header Wonmins / Total ContestTimes DispossessedFouledMins / ShotShot AccGoalsAppsMins
Danny Welbeck United City 122.00 40.67 1 3 122.00 0.00 0 2 122

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