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||Club||Opponent||Touches||Pass Acc||Mins / Pass||% of Final Third passes||Chances Created||Assists||Apps||Mins|
|Creativity 2012-13||Club||Opponent||Touches||Pass Acc||Mins / Pass||% of Final Third passes||Chances Created||Assists||Apps||Mins|
|Creativity 2011-12||Club||Opponent||Touches||Pass Acc||Mins / Pass||% of Final Third passes||Chances Created||Assists||Apps||Mins|
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.
|Club||Opponent||Mins / Header Won||Mins / Dribble||Times Dispossessed||Fouled||Mins / Shot||Shot Acc||Goals||Apps||Mins|
|Attacking 2012-13||Club||Opponent||Mins / Header Won||Mins / Dribble||Times Dispossessed||Fouled||Mins / Shot||Shot Acc||Goals||Apps||Mins|
|Attacking 2011-12||Club||Opponent||Mins / Header Won||mins / Total Contest||Times Dispossessed||Fouled||Mins / Shot||Shot Acc||Goals||Apps||Mins|