Danny Welbeck insists that competition from the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t faze him.
Welbz isn’t Arsenal fans’ favourite player this season. While he seems nice enough off the pitch, on it he’s wasteful and takes up a space in the squad that a younger, more capable forward could fill.
With the addition of Lacazette last summer and now Aubameyang in January, the 27-year-old insists he ’embraces’ the competition for his position. Although there isn’t much of a competition when it comes to Arsene Wenger’s strongest XI since Welbeck has only scored five goals in 30 appearances this term…
“It’s competition and I embrace it,” Welbeck told Arsenal’s matchday programme on Sunday, reports Football.London. “Ever since I was a young kid, I’ve been playing for an academy with scouts all over the world that are looking for top players to come in.
“You have competition throughout your whole life and it only makes you better.
“That competitive edge gives you extra motivation.”
Since the England international signed for Arsenal from Manchester United in 2014, he’s only found the back of the net 22 times and he’s never scored more than four Premier League goals in one season. For a striker that’s supposed to want to challenge for a spot in Wenger’s first team, that’s nowhere near good enough.
Welbeck’s contract with Arsenal runs out in June 2019 and I don’t expect the club to keep him on board, no matter what Wenger says.
With Aubameyang and Lacazette at the club, the bar has been set and the injury-prone forward is nowhere near it.