3 shots, 2 goals - Welbeck's England brace spells trouble for Arsenal's title rivals

Danny Welbeck England Euro 2012 closeup

New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck notched both goals in England's 2-0 win over Switzerland on Monday - firing a warning to the Gunners' rivals.

England came in for plenty of criticism after their largely turgid 1-0 win over Norway last week, but proved the doubters wrong with an impressive 2-0 win away at Switzerland. Roy Hodgson chose to go with a midfield diamond, with Raheem Sterling in behind Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in attack.

It was new Arsenal signing Welbeck who grabbed both goals in Basel, showing why Arsene Wenger forked out £16m to sign him from Manchester United. The first goal was an excellent counter attack, with Welbeck finishing off a superb pass from Raheem Sterling, and he made it two in injury time with a calm, right footed finish.

Welbeck stole the show with his two goals, and went some way to providing Arsenal fans with the striker they've been craving for over 12 months now. Frenchman Olivier Giroud is not only out injured until the start of 2015, but has also flattered to deceive in the big games - which is where Welbeck must come in.

Welbeck's pace was a constant menace to the Swiss defence, and whilst he has largely been criticised for being wasteful in front of goal, he scored two goals from just three shots against Switzerland - a ratio that will excite Arsenal fans.

His debut for Arsenal will be a big test, as he faces Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners' record in the games against their top four rivals was played six, won one, lost three and drew two, with just five points picked up from a possible 18 against City, Liverpool and Chelsea - conceding 19 and scoring just five goals in the process.

Welbeck will be required heavily if Arsenal are to beat City and their big title rivals this season, and his display for England showed what he can do when his team needs him most. With more performances like Monday night, Welbeck can be the final part of the Arsenal jigsaw in attack.

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