Stats: Why George Graham is critical of this Arsenal star

Danny Welbeck England Euro 2012 closeup

Danny Welbeck needs to improve one obvious area if he is to become an accomplished Gunner, says former boss.

Since transferring from Manchester United to Arsenal, Danny Welbeck is expected to be fed a number of key passes.

Not least because he has creative midfielders like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and, in the coming weeks, Theo Walcott, just behind him, but also because he is being deployed in his preferred striking role by Arsene Wenger, rather than being pushed out wide as a left forward.

For previous Gunners gaffer George Graham, this season will provide analysts and Arsenal supporters the ideal opportunity to asses just how good a finisher Welbeck truly is.

While the Englishman has already enamoured himself to his new fans, it has taken him nine shots to score just one goal - with a shooting accuracy of 44% in the current season to date.

 2014-15 Premier League PositionShotsOn targetGoalsAppsMins Played
Danny Welbeck FW 9 4 1 4 210

"Welbeck is a very willing boy," Graham said when on talkSPORT earlier today, Wednesday. "He works his socks off for the team and has got a good attitude.

“He’s got to improve his finishing a lot though," Graham said. "At Arsenal he will get chances, so we’ll see how good a finisher he is."

Welbeck is very comparable to his fellow Gun; Olivier Giroud.

Not only do the two forwards have a similar shooting accuracy (statistics taken from the combined Premier League appearances from the last two seasons, as well as first five games of this season), but both also score with 12% of their shots - which is actually below the elite-level standard of 20%; or one goal for every five shots.

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