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Arsenal sensation Akpom defends Welbeck, critiques Radamel Falcao

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Arsenal teenager defends Danny Welbeck by citing Manchester United striker's lack of goals so far.

Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom is a prospect on the verge of the first team, but has full faith in the man currently occupying the top striker's role.

Danny Welbeck was signed on deadline day from Manchester United, to replace the injured Olivier Giroud.

Welbeck has scored one in three appearances so far, but against Aston Villa and not Borussia Dortmund or Manchester City, considered bigger games.

Akpom believes criticism of the England international is however unjust, citing his replacement at United's lack of goals as reason not to be so critical early on.

He told Arsenal's midweek match day programme: "Danny is another player I can learn from. 

"The other week he almost scored on his debut against Manchester City and was unlucky that the ball bounced out off the post. Some commentators said he was not ruthless enough, but that was not fair in my view.

"When Falcao came on and shot straight at the keeper from a similar position, nothing was said, and Danny's effort was much better.

"Danny has great ability and I am sure that the goals will come if he keeps getting the opportunities. Once they start going in, he will get more and more."

With one to his name so far, Welbeck will hope he can make a huge impact in the upcoming North London derby against Tottenha Hotspur on Saturday night.

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