Danny Welbeck believes his good start to 2017/18 is down to having a pre-season with Arsenal.
Due to serious injuries, Welbeck was unable to have a pre-season with the club until last summer. A full pre-season is important for players to not only build-up fitness, but also to settle into the team and feel truly ready for the campaign.
The effect is tangible for the 26-year-old, who has three goals in four league games so far, plus a goal for England. “The past two years I didn’t have a pre-season and that made it a bit difficult for me,” he said, reports Daily Mail.
“I’m pleased to have a pre-season. With some of the games that we’ve played at the start of the season it’s not gone too well, but I’m pleased to be on the scoresheet and long may it continue.
“The second goal is one that, once you’ve been hitting those repetitions in training, it becomes a lot easier for you to do. I got into that position and I didn’t think twice about it.”
Welbeck still doesn’t look too natural in front of goal, in my opinion, but his second against Bournemouth was a high class finish. He does occasionally produce the odd moment of brilliance and his early-season form gives Wenger a decision to make.
The Arsenal manager will want to keep the forward in the team to give him the chance of continuing his scoring run, but knows he has Alexis Sanchez waiting to come back as well. That means he’ll either have to drop one of Mesut Ozil or Alexandre Lacazette, or change formation to accommodate another attacker.
We should be cautious about Welbeck’s form as well. He started off his Arsenal career with a hat-trick in the Champions League but didn’t quite explode into the goalscorer like we thought he would.
It’d be an achievement for him to stay fit and reach double figures this season.