Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has explained what makes Danny Welbeck an important player for the team.
The England international striker joined the Gunners from Manchester United on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £16 million.
The 23-year-old went straight into manager Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up in place of Olivier Giroud, who is expected to be on the sidelines until the New Year.
Welbeck has already been among the goals for Arsenal, notably scoring a hat-trick against Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League.
Gibbs is delighted to have his compatriot play for Arsenal and wrote on Sportlobster: ‘Danny Welbeck scored in the San Marino game and it’s been a great few weeks for him since he joined us at Arsenal on Transfer Deadline Day.
‘He’s going to be really important for Arsenal – he’s given us another dimension to our play. His hold up play is good, he’s quick and strong, he can get in behind the last defender too. His attitude is spot on and his move to Arsenal seems to have given him a new challenge and he’s really rising to that’.
Welbeck’s attitude and hard-working nature has been praised by many. However, doubts remain on whether he can be a prolific goalscorer.
The Englishman’s goal-scoring record at Arsenal was mediocre, and although one can argue that he was often played out wide, one has to ask why he was not deployed in the centre-forward’s role.
However, under Wenger at Arsenal, Welbeck has been and will be played as the main striker. With the Frenchman showing his faith in him, the England international can only improve.