Four shots, two chances created: England man impresses in Arsenal win

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck opened his Arsenal account as three goals in four minutes helped the Gunners beat Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

Welbeck was unable to score in his first two appearances against Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, having missed guilt-edged chances, but had no problems finding the back of the net at Villa Park.

His maiden strike came in the 34th minute, just two minutes after he had provided the assist for Ozil’s opening goal of the match at Villa Park. The England international had to side-foot in from close-range as he scored for the first time in 16 club matches. He was constantly on the move, giving Ozil a much-needed passing option from start to finish.

Taking his recent three Lions brace into consideration, Welbeck has netted three goals in four matches since his move to the Emirates; an impressive statistic for a player widely branded as a flop in the penalty area. He impressed against the Villains, getting four shots away; two of which were on target.

Welbeck showed there is plenty more to his game than scoring. He created a further two chances for his new side, while completing 97% of his total attempted passes; a feat only bettered on the day by Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta. Physically he excelled, too, winning two of three take-ons and 100% of his aerial duels.

He could be seen dropping back to assist his midfield, especially in a defensive capacity, particularly impressing with his willingness to chase the ball and apply pressure. Although he was unsuccessful with all three of his attempted tackles, he managed to weigh in with a clearance and interception.

Welbeck showed excellent movement to score his goal against Villa, but Wenger will be even more encouraged by his overall play, with particular emphasis on the positive impact he has had on his teammates.

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