Back in the last knockings of the summer transfer window of 2014, Arsenal sealed a deal for striker Danny Welbeck for a reported £16 million.
The England international had been playing his football at fellow Premier League giants Manchester United having come up through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, but a lack of regular playing time prompted manager-at-the-time Louis van Gaal to let the 27-year-old leave, with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners seizing the initiative by luring him to North London.
Yet it’s a move which didn’t go down at all well with many Arsenal fans on Twitter, with several venting their anger and frustration towards the ex-Gunners chief…
— frαnkie (@frankerism) September 2, 2014
— Eirik (@elnorheim) September 2, 2014
@Arsenal hope you still got the receipt Wenger out !!!!
— (@liam93b) September 2, 2014
— Imran Ali (@IMRAN_IHA) September 2, 2014
@Arsenal Great job Wenger, a “Top Class Striker”(Irony), this year we’re going to win another 4th place trophy, well done.
— Cristhian Örtega (@Burritortega23) September 2, 2014
@Arsenal shame on Arsenal. Welbeck? I am disappointed. Finally 2nd Tier.
— Chibuzor Amos (@AmosCP) September 2, 2014
@Arsenal what a Joke, is this Mr Wenger definition of quality? This man is just foolish…. Being an arsenal fans is frustrating
— Shining Star (@MichaelAkinbode) September 2, 2014
@Arsenal how can we be excited? Man United not even in the CL can get Falcao on loan yet we get welback?
— Win (@MijnheerSteve) September 2, 2014
And while some fans certainly hoped that Welbeck could be the man to lead the line for their club, it’s an addition that hasn’t quite had the desired effect and as such has definitely backfired, to the point that the Englishman has recently been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old didn’t arrive at Arsenal as the most prolific of forwards having bagged just 29 times in 142 games for United, yet there was positivity among many fans around the country that regular game time could help get the very best out of the attacker.
But the striker has so far managed to reach the ten-goal mark in just one of his four full seasons at the Emirates Stadium to suggest that that optimism simply hasn’t borne fruit, and while he certainly offers a great deal as an all round forward, his goal return simply hasn’t been good enough with 32 goals in 125 appearances for the Gunners.
Yes, that does suggest that has improved slightly from his United days, but the 27-year-old hasn’t become the man Arsenal rely on to lead the line in the last few years, prompting Wenger to break the club record for Alexandre Lacazette back in the summer of 2017 to solve his striking issues.
Last season was Welbeck’s best goal-return since moving to North London in netting ten times in 43 appearances for the Gunners, thus earning him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup, but the arrival of Unai Emery has seen the 27-year-old fall further away from first team reckoning with just one Premier League start to his name so far.
As such, while some fans were intrigued by Welbeck’s arrival, there were plenty that were raging with Wenger for a signing deemed uninspiring and embarrassing by some supporters – and it’s fair to say that, four years on, the striker hasn’t really put those doubts to bed.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!