Arsenal star Santi Cazorla explains difference between Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla comments on the different attributes of Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been singing the praises of his teammate Danny Welbeck.

The 23-year-old striker joined the Gunners from Manchester United on transfer deadline day for a reported transfer fee of £16 million.

During his time at Old Trafford, Welbeck struggled to score goals and was often played out of position on the wide.

New United manager Louis van Gaal claimed that the England international’s failure to score enough goals was the reason for his decision to sell him, but Cazorla claims that his new teammate is a ‘clinical finisher’.

‘Danny is a really different player to the ones we’ve had before at Arsenal’, the club’s official website quotes him as saying. ‘He’s a clinical finisher, he’s quick and he’s always looking for space’.

Welbeck is a centre-forward and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played him in that position. The Englishman has scored just once in the Premier League and missed a number of chances (as shown by the stats below), but he can only improve if he is played in his natural and preferred position.

  GoalsTotal ShotsShots on TargetGoal AssistChances createdBig Chance ScoredBig Chance MissedHit WoodworkAppearancesMins Played
Danny Welbeck 1 13 5 1 4 1 2 1 5 300

Welbeck would probably not have been signed by Arsenal had Olivier Giroud not suffered a long-term injury, but Cazorla believes that the two strikers are different players who will give the team more options in attack.

‘Olivier Giroud is another kind of striker’, said the Spain international. ‘He’s good at headers because he’s tall and strong. Welbeck provides us with something that we didn’t have before and we have to make the most of him and take advantage of having him in the team’.

It will be interesting to see whether Wenger plays Welbeck and Giroud together when the France international regains his full fitness.

If Welbeck starts scoring goals regularly and gets into form, then Giroud may find it tough to break into the Arsenal starting line-up.

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