Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has hit out at his critics. And how!
‘Nobody can really criticise my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often’, Arsenal’s official website quotes the 23-year-old as saying.
‘But now I am getting into these positions I want to be sticking the ball in the back of the net. I’m sure it’s the same with every other striker.
‘Obviously people can say I’ve not scored enough goals, but you stick the best strikers on the wing in a four-man midfield and see if they score goals’.
Stinging words from Welbeck aimed at those who have sneered at his poor goalscoring record at Manchester United (maybe even at Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal).
And he has a point.
Welbeck is a natural striker who has been played in the centre-forward’s role at Arsenal. Thanks to the long-term injury to Olivier Giroud, the England international has been given his chances by manager Arsene Wenger, and he has taken them.
The 23-year-old scored a truly brilliant hat-trick for the Gunners against Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Welbeck has also scored in the Premier League for Arsenal and his newfound confidence is only going to help him bag more goals.
However, the former United star's comments do have a touch of pride about them. He seems to be consider himself one of the best strikers, and that is not true.
The Arsenal man has potential – that is true – but it is very premature to consider him as one of the best strikers. Some has even started to compare him with Thierry Henry!
Welbeck’s stance that the best strikers fail to score if they are always played out wide is not necessarily one that holds water. David Villa is one of the greatest strikers of all time and a Spain legend, but during his time at Barcelona he did play on the wide and still scored 33 times in 77 La Liga appearances.
There can no doubt that Welbeck should have been played as a centre-forward during his time at United if the Manchester outfit wanted to get the best of him, but there is a long way to go before he can be considered as one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
One swallow does not make a summer.