Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has been an ever-present in recent weeks and recently repaid his manager’s faith with a goal in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United. Since returning from a lengthy knee injury in March, the England international has featured in 12 of the 14 Premier League games that followed and it seems Arsene Wenger is grooming the 26-year-old for a starring role at centre-forward next season.
Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon to keep their hopes alive of a top-four finish this season.
United had the first chance on goal on three minutes, as Wayne Rooney headed over the bar from a Juan Mata cross. Arsenal keeper Petr Cech was called into action on five minutes, parrying an Anthony Martial shot wide of goal.
Arsenal had their first real sight of goal on ten minutes. Alexis Sanchez found Aaron Ramsey in the box with a superb through ball, but the Welshman’s effort was saved low superbly by David De Gea.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud played 82 minutes in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City but was largely ineffective at Wembley as his playing style didn’t fit the Gunners’ approach. The French international was utilised as the out-ball for Arsenal but didn’t have the pace to break the high City defence and was instead involved in aerial duels with Nicolas Otamendi.
Giroud failed to get in behind the Manchester City defence as a lack of any real athleticism, and chances were few and far between on the day. The former Montpellier man had two shots all game, completing just one pass every six minutes on average, and his withdrawal before extra time was expected earlier than it came.
Arsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez is set for a summer return to former club Deportivo La Coruna, according to the Daily Star.
Lucas only arrived at Arsenal last summer from Deportivo for a reported fee of around £17million. The Gunners snatched the striker out of the grasp of Premier League rivals Everton.
However, Lucas has failed to get much of a chance in north London and it seems he could make a loan move back to his former club.
Struggled for starts at Arsenal
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck led the line in Monday’s defeat to Crystal Palace and was hauled off inside of an hour following a lacklustre performance at Selhurst Park. The English international has made five consecutive starts in the Premier League for the Gunners, scoring just one goal, and doesn’t appear ready for the intensity after such a lengthy injury layout.
Welbeck has made 11 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season, scored three goals in 417 of playing time. But in the Premier League, the former Manchester United centre-forward has been ineffective. The decision to start Welbeck over Sanchez and Giroud in the position has bemused many, and the lack of output from Welbeck has led to more criticism going the way of the manager.
On Saturday lunchtime Arsenal head to the Hawthorns to face West Brom in a massive game for the Gunners hopes of securing a top-four spot.
West Brom are currently eighth in the Premier League table and will have hopes of catching seventh-place Everton. Seventh place looks set to be enough to guarantee Europa League football next season. However, the Baggies are seven points behind the Toffees in the race for seventh spot.
The home team suffered a 3-0 hammering at Everton last time out, after being defeated 2-0 at home in their previous home game against Crystal Palace. That defeat against the Eagles ended a run of four-straight home wins for the Baggies in the English top-flight.
Arsenal host National League Lincoln City at the Emirates on Saturday evening in the FA Cup quarter-finals, as the Gunners look to avoid a massive cup shock.
Arsenal head into this clash on the back of a 5-1 home defeat against German giants Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League. The heavy defeat meant that the Gunners lost the tie 10-12 on aggregate and led to more question marks over the future of boss Arsene Wenger. The FA Cup is now the Gunners only realistic chance of winning the silverware this season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed the Gunners could be without the likes of striker Danny Welbeck and midfielder Alex Iwobi for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with Conference side Lincoln City. Arsenal have been suffering from a bug plaguing the squad and it could cost them two more players after already losing Mesut Ozil.
“I believe that we have two uncertainties: Welbeck, who had to come off after the warm-up against Bayern due to sickness, and Iwobi, who on the day of the game couldn’t turn up as well due to the same problem. Everyone else should be available,” he said. Olivier Giroud had to replace Welbeck in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich as a result of the illness, and the Arsenal boss admitted there could be a sickness bug spreading.
Arsenal suffered a blow in the race for a Champions League spot on Saturday evening, as the Gunners suffered a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool’s Anfield.
The first attempt of the match came on four minutes as Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin saw an effort easily dealt with by Simon Mignolet. Liverpool took the lead on nine minutes. Sadio Mane’s cross from the flank was missed by Philippe Coutinho but found Roberto Firmino who tapped home at the far post after taking a touch.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Danny Welbeck could start against Liverpool on Saturday evening after building up his match fitness with a series of non-competitive fixtures with the U21s after cameo appearances with the first-team.
After suffering two serious and lengthy knee injuries early into his career with the Gunners, Wenger was keen to prolong Welbeck’s full return to the side. But he now appears ready to give the 26-year-old a long awaited Premier League start.