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.
The 26-year-old failed to register a shot on target against Crystal Palace, and the experiment to fast-track him back to fitness is likely to be abandoned for Arsenal’s next league game. The Gunners’ top-four hopes are at severe risk following their dip in form, and Wenger may have to admit defeat and revert to type with either Sanchez or Giroud up front against Middlesbrough.
Arsenal are 1/2 to win against Boro when they travel to the Riverside Stadium on Monday, April 17, but who will lead the line?