Danny seems to have set the record straight with a certain Van Gaal. Since human memory is quite short, let me subtly remind you of the Dutchman’s words on Welbeck:
“Danny Welbeck was here since he was nine,” Van Gaal said. “He plays, after [a loan spell at] Sunderland, three seasons at Manchester United, but he doesn’t have the record of Van Persie or Rooney. That is the standard, but that is why we let him go”.
It’s amazing that the new manager wouldn’t even give Welbeck a chance to prove himself as the player he actually is – a striker.
And although Gunners, myself included, were underwhelmed by Danny’s capture not because he wasn’t a good player but because we had been linked with forwards with higher goalscoring records and bigger price-tags, we also were quite baffled at how little a price Manure was willing to take for an English forward. A forward obviously better and stronger and faster than Lambert and Llanna.
Anyway, one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Welbeck however had this to say:
“Nobody can really criticise my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often. But now I am getting into these positions I want to be sticking the ball in the back of the net. I’m sure it’s the same with every other striker.
“Obviously people can say I’ve not scored enough goals, but you stick the best strikers on the wing in a four-man midfield and see if they score goals.” Arsenal.com
Now that Van-purse-strings and Rooney aren’t delivering the goods as expected, many think Welbeck would be Van Gaal’s Pogba mistake.
I can assure you one thing, Welbeck will be Van Gaal’s Pogba. The guy is struggling against poor teams and Welbz will thrive under Wenger.
— José! (Finn) (@zerowalls) September 9, 2014
You can read the following brainless arguments by some Manure fans high on comfort food here.
While we hope Welbeck’s form continues for years to come and not just a one-match-flash-in-the-pan, it’s equally a tad painful to know that he wasn’t given a chance to extent Wenger gave Jenkinson.