Former Tottenham Hotspur star Garth Crooks full of praise for Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck

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Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks is impressed with Danny Welbeck’s performance for Arsenal so far this season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has been singing the praises of Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

England international forward Welbeck seems to have revived himself since his move to the Gunners from Manchester United in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £16 million.

The 24-year-old has not been prolific for Arsenal, having scored just three goals in 10 Premier League appearances, but his hard work and link-ups plays have made him an important player in manager Arsene Wenger’s line-up.

Welbeck was the difference between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday, his powerful header on the hour mark turning out to be the only goal of the Premier League clash.

The former United star’s overall performance was also impressive, leading Crooks to include him in his Team of the Week for BBC Sport.

“The more I see Danny Welbeck play for Arsenal, the happier he looks,” wrote the ex-Tottenham star. “It’s not just the fact that he's scoring goals but that Arsenal fans now believe in him.

“The technique for his headed goal against West Brom was so impressive it reminded me of Malcolm Macdonald when he was at Highbury. He wasn't a bad player either.”

Welbeck was criticised for not scoring enough goals during his time at United, and there are many who continue to doubt his finishing.

However, there can be no disputing the fact that the Englishman is gelling as a centre-forward for Arsenal, and that his effort and work ethic is remarkable.

Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Wednesday when they host Southampton at the Emirates Stadium, and Welbeck will be leading the line once again.

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