Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal recently said that Danny Welbeck was sold because he could not score enough goals.
Many former footballers with Premier League experience have refuted that claim, pointing out that the 23-year-old was often played out wide during his time at the Red Devils.
Newcastle United and England legend Alan Shearer is of a similar opinion, and believes that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can do with Welbeck what he did with Thierry Henry.
‘I am not putting him in the bracket of a Thierry Henry, but look at what Arsene Wenger did for him’, the 44-year-old told BBC Sport. ‘He was not a centre-forward, he was struggling for goals and confidence and look what happened there’.
Henry was struggling as a winger at Juventus when Wenger signed him in 1999. The former France international went on to establish himself as one of the greatest players in the world playing as a centre-forward, scoring 228 goals in 377 appearances for the Gunners in the process.
Whether Welbeck can do what Henry did remains to be seen, but Shearer is not the first England legend to have made the comparison.
Former Arsenal captain Martin Keown recently claimed in the Daily Mail that Welbeck has the quality to become a better player working with Wenger, likening his current situation to that of Henry all those years ago.
Welbeck is likely to get a chance to prove to his detractors that he can become a brilliant player when Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League today.
The England international is likely to be deployed as the centre-forward against the English champions, and he will be keen to show what he is capable of.