Welbeck top of goalscoring charts in European Championship qualifying

Welbeck & Bonucci England vs Italy Euro 2012

The Arsenal and England star has been in superb form in front of goal at international level this year.

England striker Danny Welbeck's goal against Lithuania ensured he remains at the top of the European Championship goalscoring charts at the halfway point of the qualifying campaign.

The Arsenal striker, who joined from Manchester United last summer, has an impressive 6 goals to his name in five games for England as the Three Lions attempt to qualify for France 2016.

That is one more than Germany's Thomas Muller, and surprisingly, Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty, who have both scored five goals.

Behind that are six players who have scored four times, including England teammate Wayne Rooney and former Spurs stars Gylfi Sigurdsson and Gareth Bale.

Though Welbeck is still yet to really explode into goalscoring form at club level, he boasts an impressive record for his country, with 14 strikes in 33 games, just under one every two matches.

By contrast, the 24-year-old only managed 29 goals in 142 games for Manchester United, and has 8 goals in 29 for Arsenal this season.

Barring a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Galatasaray this year, Welbeck has struggled to replicate his form in front of goal for his new club, perhaps justifying Louis van Gaal's comments on his disappointing club return when the Dutchman explained the reason for selling the United graduate.

However, Welbeck's exploits for his country prove he has the ability to find the net regularly, and it may just be a matter of Arsene Wenger putting his confidence in the England star from an attacking perspective, rather than in the wide areas that he has predominantly featured this season.

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