Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck justified keeping his place in the first-team as he put in a decent performance during his side’s 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
The Gunners headed in to the game coming off the back of back-to-back defeats to Watford and Barcelona, crashing out of the FA Cup and the Champions League in the process.
Arsenal needed a response in the Premier League, and with all three points a must against Everton many expected boss Arsene Wenger to go with the tried and tested Olivier Giroud upfront.
However, the French boss stuck with Welbeck following his hard-working performance in the Nou Camp on Wednesday night, and his selection was ultimately justified with an impressive showing.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, the England international put in a fine display as he worked the channels well and linked up with his team-mates with regularity in the final third.
Welbeck posted one key pass, five successful take-ons, five duels won and an 87% pass-accuracy rate.
But his biggest contribution was giving Arsenal a lead after just seven minutes, rounding Joel Robles in the Everton goal to tap in to an empty net following a precise through-ball from Alexis Sanchez.
It was Welbeck’s fourth goal since returning from injury, yet it was his overall display which really caught the attention as his willingness to run in areas where defenders don’t want to follow is a key trait.
The victory takes Arsenal to within three points of Tottenham Hotspur, and momentarily eight points behind Leicester City who faced Crystal Palace later in the afternoon.