Has Danny Welbeck become Wenger's scapegoat for Monaco defeat?

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Has Danny Welbeck become Arsenal's scapegoat after the Monaco loss?

The woeful performance of Olivier Giroud against Monaco last week must have come as a relief to more than one Arsenal player, as the Frenchman's ineptitude distracted from their own displays.

Arsene Wenger however kept faith with the striker, and has been repaid with two goals in two games, after he hit all six of his shots off target in the Champions League clash.

Mesut Ozil was another to disappear in the match at The Emirates, but in the two game since, he has created 10 goalscoring opportunities.

Per Mertesacker was dropped after his own display, but was picked to start against QPR and looked much improved, albeit against a poorer level of opposition.

Danny Welbeck is another matter

The England international striker was picked to start the game against Monaco, on the wing, and was almost invisible during the loss.

He touched the ball only 32 times in 90 minutes, failed to offer a single shot at goal, and did not make a single tackle from a defensive perspective.

In the subsequent matches against Everton and QPR, he has been left on the bench, used only in the dying minutes of each game, playing a total of three minutes.

It's as though Wenger has decided the forward is not a positive on the wing at present, having also played there in the 2-1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur last month.

It would have been better for Welbeck had he been benched against Monaco, and then could have come on in his preferred position for Giroud, but instead he is being seen as part of the problem in relation to that unfortunate result.

Wenger is a fair manager and will give the attacker another chance to prove himself, perhaps against his former club this Monday, but at present it appears as though the former Manchester United striker has been made a little of a scapegoat for his ineffective role against Monaco.

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