“He doesn’t have the record of Van Persie or Rooney” – Louis van Gaal
On transfer deadline day Arsenal completed the signing of England striker Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, for a fee of £16 million. A transfer that shocked many, due to the fact that a team as big as Manchester United were selling to a top four rival.
Game time was always going to be limited at United under new boss Louis Van Gaal, added to the fact that he spent the majority of last season playing out wide. However was this deal a good move by Van Gaal, or a naïve mistake?
Welbeck is well known for his high energy levels and his speed, his willingness to chase down balls and press defenders. All qualities that I believe made him very appealing to Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger.
I believe he will fit into the Arsenal set up nicely and adapt to their style of play very quickly. He will provide the Gunners with something they have lacked in a striker over recent years – a runner – someone who will look to get in behind the defenders. He has already shown in his early days at Arsenal that he can deliver when played as the main striker.
His game time as a striker has always been limited for both club and country. He has often found himself playing out of position as a wide midfielder, and due to this he only registered ten goals in nineteen appearances last season.
It was well documented that Van Gaal did not believe Welbeck was up to scratch when compared to those in contention for the striking role at Old Trafford. The Dutchman stated, “He doesn’t have the record of Van Persie or Rooney.”
Van Gaal was eager to complete the deal as it also meant that they could bring in Radamel Falcao on loan, who scored eleven times in seventeen appearances for AS Monaco last season.
However, even though Welbeck is apparently not up to standard, his goal scoring statistics for this season so far seem to suggest otherwise.
Danny Welbeck has made a brilliant start to life at Arsenal, scoring four goals in five games, three of which came in his first career hat-trick against Galatasaray. This could leave Van Gaal pondering over what could have been. Falcao has yet to register a goal for Manchester United in his first three games, Rooney has only netted three times in six games and Robin Van Persie has scored just twice in five games.
Many Manchester United fans were sad to see Danny Welbeck leave the club, as the England international came through the youth system at United. Some found it particularly tough to see him go to a rival club. They believed Welbeck had a lot more to give to club if played in his preferred position.
United also let Mexican striker Javier Hernandez leave for Real Madrid on season long loan. With both of these strikers walking out of Old Trafford, United seem short for pace when it comes to their attacking options. They will be heavily reliant on new Argentinian signing Angel Di Maria to provide the pace that they have lost in Welbeck and Hernandez.
United have suffered a poor start under Louis Van Gaal, but I wonder whether it could have been different with Welbeck in the team. Where would the Red Devils be if Welbeck was given his chance up front?
Overall, I believe Danny Welbeck will be a good fit at Arsenal and will certainly beat his goalscoring tallies from previous seasons.
How many goals do you think Welbeck will net this season? Do you think this was a good decision by new boss Louis Van Gaal? Leave a comment below!