Two big chances missed - The damning stat for this Arsenal star

Danny Welbeck England Euro 2012 closeup

Danny Welbeck must start taking his chances at Arsenal, otherwise he risks proving the critics of his transfer correct.

Danny Welbeck's first Champions League appearance in an Arsenal shirt will be one that he is hoping to forget as quickly as possible. 

Welbeck started up front for the Gunners in their game against Borussia Dortmund, but he was an isolated figure as Arsene Wenger's side struggled to get to grips with their German opponents. 

Dortmund were the better team in every department in the match and their 2-0 victory didn't reflect the superiority they had on the match. 

Welbeck, of course, cannot be blamed for the defensive deficiencies that were on show from his team-mate, as they were carved apart time after time by the pace of the BVB attack, but he will know to show better form in-front of goal if he is to be a success.

The 23-year-old has been made the main-man up front by Wenger since completing a £16 million deadline day move to the Emirates and it will be up to him to prove that he has the credentials to make it at a title chasing team.

Welbeck has a point to prove after being relinquished by United. He was regularly utilised as a winger at Old Trafford when on the pitch at United and this was attributed to his unremarkable goal-scoring record.

Many expected him to thrive when giving a leading role, but he has already been guilty of missing three gilt-edged chances in his opening two fixtures for his new side.

  TeamPosShotsShots on Target AttTouchesSuccessful dribblesTotal PassAccurate PassBig Chance MissedAppsMins
Danny Welbeck Arsenal FW 3 0 38 0 23 18 2 1 90

On debut, he chipped a one-on-one against the post and last night he was also profligate in front of goal.

He wasted a presentable opportunity in the first-half, with the scores locked at 0-0, and then went and blazed a shot from 12-yards out over the bar which could have put his side back in the game.

These are the chances that Welbeck will have to take if he is to prove to be a success at his new club and he must tuck them away against the best otherwise Arsenal are going to be punished.

At United Welbeck was in the side for his defensive qualities as much as his attacking prowess, but Arsenal are relying on him to be a potent marksmen. 

The side have all the creativity they need in the team, but they are short of a goal-getter and that is now the England international's role. His link-up play was decent once again, as he completed 18 passes and wasn't ever dispossessed, but this isn't the role he was intended to play. 

And, although he is encouragingly getting into the right positions, he will need to add a ruthless streak sooner rather than later otherwise his new side are likely to come up short against top class opponents again this season. 

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