Why Arsene Wenger’s recent comments about Danny Welbeck are worrying

Danny Welbeck

Arsene Wenger's recent remarks about Danny Welbeck should be of concern to the Arsenal fans.

Arsene Wenger's comments that he may switch Danny Welbeck to a peripheral role when Olivier Giroud returns should be a concern to Arsenal supporters as they threaten to hamper their biggest goal-threat's progress.

Wenger has suggested that when Giroud returns from a lengthy injury the two could both play on the pitch together due to Welbeck's ability to play on a wing, but it seems that the Frenchman is using his £16 million signing's versatility in the wrong way.

Welbeck has been deployed down the left-flank and made an impact at Manchester United, but his form as a central-striker since joining the Gunners should have established that as his position now.

The 23-year-old is growing in confidence by the game and has made a blistering start to life at Arsenal. He has all the physical attributes to be a success at the Emirates, and he is proving that he has the finishing prowess to lead the line.

By placing him in a wide role, Wenger could destroy all the momentum that Welbeck has and thwart his progress.

Although Giroud is an excellent player, he does not fit the Arsenal mould as well as Welbeck does and the side look more threatening with the Englishman up-front.

It may mean that Wenger eventually has to sacrifice Giroud, but that is a smaller price to pay than shoving Welbeck on a wing simply to accommodate him.

The experienced Frenchman seems to think that the left-wing spot is one that any attacking player can be utilised in, but Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla have been used there to the detriment of their form and the results will be the same if Welbeck is forced to move into a similar position.

The England international moved to Arsenal to become the main man and his form so far his proven that he can do that; it is only Wenger's tinkering which could damage his progress.

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