Ex-Liverpool boss on Danny Welbeck's long-term future at Arsenal

Kenny Dalglish says it's too early to compare Danny Welbeck to Thierry Henry.

Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has backed Danny Welbeck to retain his place in the Arsenal side even when Olivier Giroud returns.

Dalglish does not believe it has to be one or the other, but that Arsene Wenger should pick both together.

He also told The Mirror, comparisons to Thierry Henry were far too premature:

"Let’s not start comparing Danny Welbeck to Thierry Henry just yet, but it was good to see the England striker scoring such a fine hat-trick.

Depending on the system Wenger wants to play, I think Welbeck and Olivier Giroud could form a good partnership when the latter comes back from injury."

Welbeck struck three goals against Galatasaray in midweek, to haul his overall record for the club up to four in five games.

Whether Wenger can play both players together, depends on his plan for Welbeck.

The Frenchman has been notoriously reluctant to play two strikers up front together for years, and if Welbeck did feature alongside Giroud, it's likely he could be pushed out wide, as he was at Manchester United.

The two players are very different in style and could compliment each other well, but with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla to accommodate too, it's hard to see it working.

Such tactics would be made easier if the club invested in a big money defensive midfielder, which could help Arsenal accommodate a more attacking formation - but until then, and of course until Giroud returns, Welbeck will continue to stake his claim for a sole starting berth.

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