Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck seems to not know if he wants to be brilliant or brilliantly rubbish. The former Manchester United striker scored the winner in the Gunners 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday.
However, he also contrived to miss an absolute sitter from close-range against the Saints too. The performance against the relegation-threatened team from the south coast summed his career up.
Can be a threat
Danny Welbeck has many good attributes. The forward is quick, good with his feet and will work hard for the team. He never hides, even when he has missed the easiest of chances.
In his day, he really can be a nuisance to opposition defences, as he has proven on many occasions for club and country. The former United man is also highly versatile, which is an attribute that has helped him in his time at Arsenal.
His versatility is the reason that Welbeck could make the England squad for this summer’s World Cup. The forward is currently odds of 5/6 to make the Three Lions squad for Russia 2018.
He is an Arsenal player
The above sounds obvious. However, what I mean is that he is typical of the sort of players that the Gunners have had in their team in recent years. He has some talent and on his day can be very good.
However, the problem is he does not enjoy enough of those days. The forward always seems to be dogged by injury too, something the likes of Aaron Ramsey and in particular, Jack Wilshere are highly familiar with too.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s loyalty to certain players is admirable. However, it is no good when it is of detriment to the team’s quality.
The Gunners have slipped out of contention for the title and even top-four in recent years. A part of that decline is the fact that the players Arsenal have in their squad are just not top-level players.
The saying you get what you pay for springs to mind. Danny Welbeck cost Arsenal £16million when he joined the Gunners from Manchester United, which by today’s standards is a small fee.
Welbeck had shown promise in flashes at United. However, the Red Devils made a judgement that the striker was never going to be a truly top player.
Arsenal boss Wenger believed he could help develop the striker. However, in truth it seems at 27, Welbeck is always going to be hit and miss, literally at times.
Is Danny Welbeck good enough to hold down a regular starting position at Arsenal?