Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says there are similarities between Danny Welbeck and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Keown played in the same side as Henry in his playing days and says the £16 million arrival from Manchester United is already looking like an Arsenal player before he’s even turned out for the club.
“The finish for his second England goal had all the hallmarks of working with Arsene Wenger, and he hasn't even started. Thierry Henry has said that he used to visualise scoring goals, that when he was through he would practise that same finish again and again and that was the finish we saw from Welbeck,” said Keown on the Daily Mail’s website.
Welbeck’s first finish against Switzerland off the shin certainly wasn’t Henry-esque but the potential for the forward to reap the benefits of chances created by Arsenal’s talented midfield is clear.
What Welbeck also has is pace and that’s something Arsenal will have in spades with everyone fit and available in their attack.
Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all extremely quick players and one of Henry’s best traits was the way he could sprint away from defenders in any position.
“He's got a long way to go to get anywhere close to Thierry, but he will enjoy working with Wenger and getting that chance to prove he is a No 1 striker. He's got that electric pace that can frighten the best defences in the world.”
The hype surrounding Welbeck is something was has surprised Manchester United fans this week and when Louis van Gaal was pressed on why he sold the player to Arsenal, he pointed out that he has a less than prolific record during his time at United.
That’s where the challenge is for both the player and Arsene Wenger because if Welbeck can turn himself into a prolific player and if he can have an impact in the same way as Henry, the Gunners can reap several benefits from a good value deal.
However, that’s a lot of ifs he has to deal with and a lot of critics he has to prove wrong before Arsenal’s £16 million deal for the player can be described as the bargain of the year or anything similar.