Michael Owen defends 'class' Arsenal star

Danny Welbeck England Euro 2012 closeup

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck came in for some criticism on social media sites yesterday.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen came to the defence of Danny Welbeck after the Arsenal man was criticised for his first-half display for England.

The 23-year-old traded the Red Devils for the Gunners during the summer as the North London club spent a weighty £16 million fee on acquiring his services.

His transfer to Arsenal was largely met with a mixed reaction as many observers questioned Wenger’s judgement in bringing in United’s fourth-choice striker.

The England international’s start to the season has been positive, and his role as the number nine rather than a wide forward has clearly been beneficial in his recent progress.

However, during the Three Lions’ 3-1 victory over Slovenia yesterday, Welbeck came in for a barrage of abuse on a number of social networking sites for a quiet first-half, prompting Owen to come to his defence.

“The only real surprise is that people continue to doubt Welbeck's quality. He's class and when he plays as a striker, is more than capable of clocking up the goals,” the former striker wrote on Sportlobster.

Welbeck soon silenced the critics in the second half as a well-taken double after Rooney’s equaliser earned his side victory and an important three points in their quest to qualify for the Euro 2016 championships.

He has now scored 10 goals in his last 13 matches for the national team, and his second at Wembley was his sixth goal in his previous nine matches in all competitions for club and country.

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