It is easy to criticise Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck for his goal-return, but those who do should pay closer attention to his all-round contribution.
It was the same at Manchester United, where the England international was often played out of position not due to his inability up front but because he could be trusted to put in a shift wherever he was asked to play.
Welbeck’s work-rate is fantastic and now Arsenal are benefiting from that just as United once did.
It may have been Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud who scored the goals that gave Arsenal a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but Welbeck played a significant role in both and he can hold his head high after a job very well done.
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Arsenal’s summer signing had an 81 per cent passing accuracy and he went on three trademark dribbles. He also won five duels and three interceptions and while he did not get on the score-sheet himself, he won a penalty and fired in the shot that ultimately led to the decisive second.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Arsenal fans thought of Welbeck’s latest performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Danny Welbeck: brilliant hustle to win the penalty & great movement for the second goal. Sometimes you just gotta look beyond the stats— TopTrevor (@TopTrevor) February 21, 2015
Yes Welbeck is not a great goalscorer, but you can never question his workrate, enthusiasm and viable tenacity. #Asset— Prince George (@Princegunner11) February 21, 2015
Great Performances by #Welbeck who may not be scoring goals as of now but is still making impact in the team.— Nevena Nena (@NenaCOYG) February 21, 2015
Seeing highlights wow welbeck. Good game— BoredGenius (@_Ojow) February 21, 2015
Welbeck doesn't need goals when he plays like this, wins the penalty and sets up Giroud. Superb first half by Dat Guy #WELBZ— Tom (@AgronArsenal) February 21, 2015
Wasn't so sure when we bought Welbeck....but so far, He has been fantastic— Oluwatoyosi (@kiunloge) February 21, 2015
Danny Welbeck's work rate has been fantastic, and was key to both goals.— Zayyad M.Y. (@iamzayyad) February 21, 2015