Danny Welbeck may have been among the goals for Arsenal and has looked more comfortable playing as a centre-forward so far this season, but he has been hugely inconsistent.
It was this trait of the England international that came to the fore on Wednesday during the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League Group D in Belgium.
In his last Champions League outing, Welbeck scored a hat-trick against Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium. It was the best performance from the 23-year-old in a long time and fuelled comparisons between him and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
However, on Wednesday, against Anderlecht in Brussels, Welbeck was back to playing less-than-inspiring football and making little impact up front.
|Match||Goals||Total Shots||Shots on Target||Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Touches||Total Dribbles||Dribbles Won||Mins Played|
|Danny Welbeck||Arsenal vs Galatasaray||3||6||4||36||31||61||9||5||90|
|Danny Welbeck||Anderlecht vs Arsenal||0||2||0||21||20||39||2||0||75|
It is not just Welbeck’s fault that he failed to spark against Anderlecht and was taken off after 75 minutes – the entire Arsenal team were under-par - but Wednesday’s performance was a timely reminder that the former Manchester United striker needs to improve and develop his game much more.
As the above stats show, Welbeck could not even get a single attempt on target and won neither of the dribbles he tried against Anderlecht.
However, one area where Welbeck was superb against the Belgian giants was his passing. He completed 20 of his 21 passes – that’s a pass accuracy of 95.2%.
Just like most of his Arsenal teammates, Welbeck had a disappointing game against Anderlecht, but there is no reason to believe that he will not improve on that display.