Wenger praises Welbeck after first Arsenal goal

The England international starred in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Danny Welbeck's performance in Arsenal's win over Aston Villa, in which he scored his first goal for his new club, impressed boss Arsene Wenger, and hinted that Louis van Gaal may have been a little too early to dismiss his goalscoring prowess.

The Manchester United manager revealed that he agreed to the sale of the England man due to his belief that the striker didn't offer the same level of goal threat as the other forwards at the club.

However, no sooner had United sold Welbeck to Arsenal, the 23-year-old produced a match winning performance for England as he scored both goals to earn an impressive win in Basel.

The player often played out wide at Old Trafford, but has featured in his favoured central position since moving to the Gunners, and had looked promising in his first few appearances for Arsenal.

However, he had also missed a couple of chances to open his account for his new club, notably in the recent 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund.

So Arsene Wenger was understandably delighted to see his forward impress against surprise Premier League form side Aston Villa.

Welbeck scored the second goal in a 3-0 win, converting Mesut Ozil's pass, after earlier setting up the German for his own goal.

"It was a similar goal to the one he scored in Switzerland (for England), it comes from the left and he pushed it in because the timing of his run was good," Wenger said on his striker's goal.

"He had a very good performance, kept the ball well and had a good all-round game."

If Welbeck and Ozil can bring the best out of each other, there is every reason the striker can go on to prove himself an outstanding piece of business for the London club.

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