Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Glenn Hoddle feels that Danny Welbeck is better suited to Arsenal’s style than fellow striker Olivier Giroud.
Welbeck, 23, joined the Gunners in the summer from Manchester United for a reported £16 million fee after falling down the Old Trafford pecking order.
The England striker often found himself out of position whilst playing for the Red Devils, mainly at left-wing or as a supporter role for fellow strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Since moving to the capital, Welbeck has been playing in his favoured central striker role in the absence of the injured Olivier Giroud.
As a result, his performances have improved immensely and his first career hat trick during the 4-1 victory over Galatasary proved what potential he has in that role.
Speaking on the striker, Glenn Hoddle feels his movement off the ball and the runs he can make suit Arsenal’s style of playing through the middle and went as far as suggesting he’s a better fit than Giroud.
“I love the way he runs off the back of defenders and stretches teams with his pace. He couldn’t do that on the flanks. Now he’s making darting runs in areas of the pitch that hurt the opposition.” He said, quoted by the Daily Mail.
“But I also think that he is the right player in the right team, by which I mean he suits Arsenal’s style. They will create chances through the middle, they don’t go down the wings that often and send in crosses.”
“Though I like Giroud, he thrives more off crosses, while Welbeck seems more suited to their natural game. He appears to be a missing link for them and gives them another dimension.”
“Now, if you’re playing Arsenal and you want to squeeze up the pitch, maybe to protect a lead, you certainly have to be careful because he can get in behind you with his pace.”
Boss Arsene Wenger is going to have a tough decision to make when French international Giroud expectedly returns from injury in the New Year.
The former Montpellier man only recently agreed a two-year extension on his contract, suggesting that the coaching staff believe he still has a key role to play at the club.