Danny Welbeck hits back at critics following a brilliant performance against Galatasaray
Arsenal man of the moment and Champions League Player of the Week (actually, the Ballon D’Or of the week in some quarters) has dropped words for all critics of his goal-scoring record.
The striker, who scored his first ever professional hat-trick on his Champions League home debut for Arsenal had been unfairly targeted in the past for many had described as an inconsistent accuracy in front of goal during his time at Old Trafford.
Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, had claimed that Welbeck was allowed to leave the club because his records were not on par with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. However, the England striker, who was mostly played out of position by Ferguson and his successors to accommodate the other forwards, has initiated the process of turning around his fortunes on the goal scoring charts having scored 4 times in his 5 Arsenal appearances.
“Nobody can really criticize my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often”, Welbeck told Arsenal official website.
“But now I am getting into these positions, I want to be sticking the ball in the back of the net”
“Obviously, people can say I’ve not scored enough goals, but you stick the best strikers on the wings in a four-man midfield and see if they score goals”.
“If you’re getting goals and getting a run of games in your preferred position, your confidence is going to grow and performances are going to grow as well”.
“That’s something I am really looking forward to doing, building on those performances”.
Welbeck doesn’t feel he has changed as a player, only that he has now been given more opportunities to play in the position where he knows he could be more useful. He did not hit the ground running immediately in his first game against City but the number of chances he gets per game will tell you he’s only a good finishing touch away from establishing himself as one of the world’s elite strikers. In fact, he seems to have started working on that already, his second goal bearing the arrogance of Gunner legend, Thierry Henry, with whom he has already started being compared to.
But his modesty won’t allow such comparisons for now: “You can’t start making comparisons like that. Obviously, Thierry Henry is someone I’ve looked up to ever since I started playing football”. Perhaps in a few years, some lad out there will start looking up to Welbeck.
Twitter was flooded with words of applause for Welbeck for his enthralling game against Galatasaray, with teammates Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all showering their unrestrained delight with Welbz hat-trick, while former Barcelona striker and BBC MOTD host Gary Lineker also making endorsements. Welbeck’s former United teammate, Danny Simpson, would also have us know that there was never a doubt in Welbeck’s potential and abilities in scoring goals.
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