Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla believes Danny Welbeck will be able to excel where Olivier Giroud does not - namely scoring goals - and expects the former Manchester United player to establish himself as a real asset to the side.
Arsene Wenger moved to sign Welbeck from Manchester United after Giroud was ruled out until the new year with a fractured ankle, and the England international was immediately afforded the chance to operate in his favoured centre-forward position.
Welbeck has started four out of five fixtures since his move from Old Trafford, only missing the Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton, and has been able to register one goal and an assist during this time - although he really ought to have scored more.
The 23-year-old will continue to be provided with this opportunity to play as a lone striker, at least until Giroud returns, and Cazorla claims the the Manchester United youth team product will offer something different in the absence of the Frenchman.
“He is a very different player to the ones we have had before at Arsenal," Cazorla told reporters.
“He is a clinical finisher, quick and always looking for space. Olivier Giroud is a different kind of striker. He is good at heading and is strong, but Welbeck, perhaps, is providing something new to the team.
“We will make the most of having him as it is a big advantage to this side.”
Harmless comments from Cazorla, one would suspect, although he could risk upsetting his teammate given that Giroud has vastly improved his goalscoring record for Arsenal, and will be rewarded with a new £90,000-per-week deal.
Arsenal, however, will have wished it was Giroud rather than Welbeck they had leading the line in the weekend encounter with Tottenham, having continually pumped the ball into the opposition box to no avail.
Spurs had taken the lead against the run of play at the Emirates Stadium, and were prepared to sit back and soak up the pressure following Nacer Chadli’s goal. Mauricio Pochettino’s side allowed Arsenal to have the ball, 69 percent of it in fact, but the home side were unable to use it effectively.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did eventually get Arsenal back on terms after Welbeck had fluffed his shot, but they would have benefited from having a more physical option in the Tottenham area during the game’s latter stages.
Time and time again Arsenal were forced into a position where they had to hang the ball up into the area, but they were rarely able to carve out a chance of note. The Gunners also had 15 corners and from only one of these did they produce a moment of concern for Hugo Lloris.