40 touches, no key passes – What was wrong with Arsenal star v Liverpool?

Danny Welbeck England Euro 2012 closeup

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck was out of sorts in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck had one of his most ineffective matches of the season during the otherwise entertaining 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

The England international has been a regular for Arsene Wenger’s side since swapping Manchester for North London in the summer.

Initially played through the middle, Welbeck has been deployed on the wing since Olivier Giroud’s return from injury, although his attacking displays have still warranted a first-team spot.

However, in the 2-2 draw at Anfield, Welbeck was so quiet from an attacking perspective that he was barely recognisable, especially in the first-half where he managed to complete just 43% of his intended passes.

  Shots On targetKey PassesDribbles WonTouchesAccurate PassesTackles WonInterceptions WonMins Played
Danny Welbeck 0 0 1 40 15 3 2 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former United academy product created very little and left-back Kieran Gibbs looked a bigger threat when getting forward from the back.

Welbeck failed to test Brad Jones in the Liverpool goal, created zero chances for his teammates and was futile in his attempted dribbles, completing just one.

His inability to make things happen was partly a result of rarely being fed the ball, demonstrated by his meagre 40 touches in the 90 minutes – the Gunners’ second lowest behind Per Mertesacker.

However, even when he was given the ball the 24-year-old was off-colour in his passing, improving in the second-half to achieve an overall total of 15 accurate passes, an average of one every six minutes of play.

It was undoubtedly a poor attacking display from Welbeck, but up against a dominant Merseyside outfit there were at least some positives to take from his performance in terms of his defensive capabilities.

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