BBC Pundit Garth Crooks does not regard Danny Welbeck to be a natural goal-scorer despite his impressive start to the season with Arsenal.
The England international has notched three goals in the Premier League this term – including a man of the match brace in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Despite this, Cooks is critical about the former Manchester United man who he feels cannot be compared with club legends Thierry Henry and Ian Wright, he said: “The number of times I have seen Welbeck score goals that aren’t clean connections makes me wonder, is he what you would call ‘a genuine finisher’ in the same way you would categorise other Arsenal forwards like Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry? Not in my opinion.”
Welbeck has struggled with a series of knee injuries in his short Arsenal career, but he has nevertheless bagged 17 goals in 69 games for the north London giants. Time and time again, the Englishman has missed glorious opportunities to score, and Crooks insists that the likes of Henry, Bergkamp and Wright would not have let that happen, he added: “The difference is that I’ve seen Wright, Bergkamp and Henry all score goals like the one Welbeck went for and missed with remarkable regularity.”
With Alexis Sanchez slowly returning to full fitness, Welbeck could soon find himself in the substitutes’ bench unless he keeps up with his goal-scoring form. Fellow teammate Alexandre Lacazette has also hit the ground running with two goals in four outings, but the Frenchman has shown the capability to hit the target with the limited chances available.
Arsenal are positioned 11th in the league standings after four games into the season, and they face potentially must-win game at Chelsea this weekend, although their record at Stamford Bridge is hopeless with five defeats in their previous five meetings.