Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes that Danny Welbeck can be Arsenal’s top scorer in the 2014-15 season.
The England international striker joined the Gunners from United on transfer deadline day for a reported transfer fee of £16 million.
Welbeck failed to establish himself as a prolific goalscorer at Old Trafford, a key reason why new Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal decided to let him go (click here to read more).
However, many former footballers and pundits believe that the 23-year-old will succeed at Arsenal mainly because he will be played as a ‘striker’ and not out wide as he was often made to at United.
Liverpool legend Owen seems to be of a similar opinion and wrote on Betvictor.com: ‘Having trained and played with Danny Welbeck I know he is a very good central striker and the injury to Olivier Giroud should give him an extended run in the Arsenal side playing down the middle and not out wide which he had to do for much of his time at Old Trafford.
‘The £16m Arsene Wenger paid for Welbeck could turn out to be the bargain of the summer and I certainly wouldn’t put anyone off taking the 4/1 at BetVictor for the England international to end the season as the Gunners’ top scorer in the Premier League’.
Owen’s argument about Welbeck cannot be dismissed. Although one could question why the striker could not convince Sir Alex Ferguson or David Moyes to play him as a centre-forward ahead of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, under Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger he is likely to be deployed in his preferred position.
Welbeck showed how lethal he can be when played centrally on Monday, when he scored both goals in England’s 2-0 victory over Switzerland in Basel in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
The Englishman will provide Olivier Giroud with stiff competition for a place in the Gunners’ starting line-up as the season progresses and, who knows, he could even find himself ahead of the France international in the pecking order if he starts scoring regularly.
Turning to more immediate matters, former Newcastle United and Stoke City striker Owen predicted a draw between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Arsenal bought well this summer. Need to improve against big teams. City need to bounce back from Stoke defeat. I'm going for a 1-1 draw.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 12, 2014