It’s been a long road to recovery for Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck over the last few months, having suffered two serious knee injuries in the past two seasons.
While the England international may never truly get back to his best, his goal against former club Manchester United last weekend was a sweet moment for every Gooner in the Transfer Tavern and indicative of the impact he can still have in north London.
The 26-year-old offers Arsene Wenger the kind of direct outlet he was missing for much of the campaign. Everyone knows just how good Arsenal are at knocking the ball about, though Olivier Giroud can struggle in packed defences, while Alexis Sanchez often does too much when deployed centrally, leaving the Gunners without a focal point.
While Welbeck is neither as good a player as Sanchez, or as clinical a finisher as Giroud, he’s a handful for defences. His pace and clever movement can create space for Arsenal’s vast array of technicians, as well as allow for some tactical flexibility.
Able to operate on either flank he can fluidly swap positions with either Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil, giving Wenger an extra dimension in attack.
Recently touted for a surprise move to Galatasaray, it would be tempting to sell Welbeck. The Turkish giants are reportedly willing to match Arsenal’s £16m investment, which isn’t bad business for a player so often injured.
However, tempting as it is, Welbeck can offer Arsenal so much more than £16m towards a new forward (who’d likely cost almost treble that) can.
If he can stay fit.
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