Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that striker Danny Welbeck is capable of playing across the front-line, and has hinted that he won’t be played in his preferred central role.
The England international forward joined the Gunners from rivals Manchester United for a reported £16 million fee in the summer after falling out of favour at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils currently possess a number of quality forward players, and Welbeck was seemingly frustrated at being played in a wide position to accommodate striker Robin van Persie centrally.
As he moved to North London, the 24-year-old initially flourished in his favoured centre-forward role in absence of the injured Olivier Giroud, scoring regularly including his first professional hat-trick.
It is evident that he is relishing the role as the number one striker, but that role was always going to be put into doubt with the return of French international Giroud.
In a bold move, despite his recent long-term layoff from injury Wenger opted to use his French compatriot as the main striker and switched Welbeck to the left during the 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
When asked to explain his decision, Wenger opted to explain Welbeck’s ability to play anywhere along the frontline, words the striker may not want to hear if he harbours hopes of a long-term spot down the middle.
“He’s a striker. He plays left, right, central. For me that’s not important. We have so many crosses coming in that there are always chances if you play on the flanks as well,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.
Welbeck has played 14 matches for the Emirates outfit in all competitions since joining the club in August, scoring six goals.
On the international stage, the striker has netted five times for England this year including a well-taken brace in the 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Switzerland in September.