Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck: I want to play down the middle

Danny Welbeck England Euro 2012 closeup

The England international has stated that he prefers to play as the team’s centre forward, but is willing to play wide for the Gunners.

Danny Welbeck left Manchester United in the summer to join Arsenal in a bid to increase first-team opportunities.

The England international has stated in the past that he is the victim of his versatility, with the 24-year-old being used in wide roles for club and country rather than in his preferred role through the middle.

Welbeck has not had many opportunities to play as a central striker this season for the North London outfit, with Arsene Wenger more often than not using the English attacker in a wide role.

However, the former United forward has revealed that Arsenal’s system suits him more than his former club’s did.

"It's no secret I prefer to play down the middle but the formation we play at Arsenal, you play on left or right but always inter-changing in a three-man attack,” he told The BBC.

“It's much easier doing that than playing left wing in a four-man midfield.”

Welbeck has started 18 Premier League games this season for the North London club, scoring four goals in the process.

He is also the top goalscorer in Euro 2016 qualifying, with the attacker finding his shooting boots for England in the process of confirming participation in the competition in France next year.

Welbeck will hope to win silverware in his first season at Arsenal, with the Gunners facing Reading in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend.

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