Gary Neville comments on Arsenal star Danny Welbeck’s Champions League heroics

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville highlights the areas Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is good at and where he needs to improve.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been singing the praises of Danny Welbeck.

The 23-year-old England international announced himself on the world stage when he scored a truly brilliant hat-trick for the Gunners in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Welbeck found the target in the 22nd, 30th and 52nd minute to inspire Arsenal to a 4-1 victory in the Group D clash at the Emirates Stadium in London.

It was Welbeck’s best game yet for Arsene Wenger’s side and once again drew comparisons with club legend Thierry Henry.

Just like everyone else, Neville was also impressed with the former United striker’s display against Galatasaray but pointed out one area of his game that he needs to work on.

‘The biggest thing is that his centre-forward play outside the box is sensational - his work-rate, and his touch – but it’s about his consistency of finishing’, the footballer-turned-pundit told Sky Sports. ‘I think that will come from confidence and belief.

‘Outside the box he is unplayable at times, he’s a nightmare. He plays against John Terry and Gary Cahill on Sunday and they will not want to play against him.

'He’s quick, he’s strong and just the last bit has got to be delivered more consistently. If he can get goals more consistently to his game, you’ve got a real top-class centre-forward there’.

A striker is judged by the number of goals he scores, and Welbeck does indeed need to boost his numbers in that department. His record of scoring at United is disappointing, but one of the reasons for that is that he was not always played as a centre-forward.

The injury to Olivier Giroud means that Welbeck will be Arsenal’s first-choice for now and he will certainly want to use this opportunity. The confidence that he has received from his hat-trick against Galatasaray will surely help him push himself to a higher level.

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