Arsenal legend Robert Pires on why Danny Welbeck is the ‘perfect modern striker’

Danny Welbeck

Robert Pires believes that former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck will prove to be a great signing for Arsenal.

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has been singing the praises of Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck joined the Gunners from Manchester United on transfer deadline day for a reporter fee of £16 million.

United manager Louis van Gaal explained his decision to let go of the England international striker by claiming that he does not score enough goals.

Indeed, Welbeck’s goalscoring record at the Red Devils was disappointing, especially when one considers that he is 23 and has been part of the first team for a number of years.

However, the 23-year-old was often deployed out of position on the wide and did not get regular games to play as a proper centre-forward.

At Arsenal. Welbeck is the number one striker at the moment due to the long-term injury to Olivier Giroud. The Englishman has looked good in some matches and recently scored a hat-trick against Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League.

  TeamCompetitionGoalsBig Chance MissedBig Chance ScoredGoal AssistChances createdTotal ShotsShots on TargetAppearancesMins Played
Danny Welbeck Arsenal Champions League 3 2 3 0 2 9 4 2 180
Danny Welbeck Arsenal / Man Utd Premier League 1 2 1 1 6 13 5 6 390

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes that Welbeck is a great signing for Arsene Wenger’s side and explains why he is the ‘perfect modern striker.

‘For me, Welbeck is the perfect modern striker’, the Frenchman wrote in the Arsenal Magazine. ‘He has great pace, as we saw with England in Switzerland.

‘He is a very clever player, which is very important when you play for Arsenal. To play for this club, not only do you need to have a great understanding of the game, but you also have to be clever and sharp.

‘You play with clever players so if you are not clever yourself, you won’t fit in. Danny will. He is also strong, which means he can hold the ball up, and he has a great touch – hence he can do those backheels and make them look easy’.

Welbeck has indeed shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, but one of the main criticisms of his play is his failure to convert chances.

In his four Premier League appearances, Welbeck has a shot accuracy of just 56% and a pass accuracy of 84%.

Welbeck is far from the finished article, but working with Wenger is only going to make him better.

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