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Danny Welbeck can be the next Daniel Sturridge

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When it was announced that Arsenal had signed Danny Welbeck from rivals Manchester United for a fee of £16 million, many Gunners supporters had a bitter taste in their mouth.

Over the course of the transfer window, they had been linked with a whole host of strikers to make up for their lack of firepower up front.

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Other targets

World class names such as Edinson Cavani, Mario Balotelli and Radamel Falcao had been mentioned over the last month, all of which would have more than satisfied Arsenal fans.

However, Cavani stayed at PSG while Balotelli and Falcao signed for the other red clubs in the Premier League, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Manager Arsene Wenger was smart enough to realise that Arsenal did lack depth in attackers, particularly with Olivier Giroud injured long-term. So instead of looking internationally, Wenger pounced on the proven, yet still fifth-choice Welbeck, who fell down the pecking order behind Van Persie, Rooney, Falcao and (the now departed) Hernandez.

So now that Welbeck is a Gunner, do Arsenal fans want him? His strike-rate for Manchester United was less than impressive, and one only has to search 'Welbeck fails' on YouTube to find a whole range of skill moves, passes and shots that clearly do not do what they were intended.

Poor record

He is often criticised for his performances for both club and country, yet what does Wenger see in him? Over his whole United career, Welbeck netted 29 times in 142 appearances, compared to Rooney's 219 goals in 446 matches and Van Persie's 50 in 81 games.

This may make him look like a lesser player, but one thing many people overlook is his position. He was often played out wide under Sir Alex Ferguson to accommodate for Rooney or Van Persie in the centre forward role. As well as this, he rarely had a string of four to five games where he started.

Many players struggle to find form without getting solid game time, and lose confidence from the lack of faith shown by the manager. This can have a severe effect on the players mental mindset and self-belief, which will then translate onto the pitch.

History on his side

Now that he is Arsenal's main striker, and the focal point of their attack, will he cope with the added pressure? He will. We only need to look two seasons ago for proof.

A young striker full of pace and flair found himself down the pecking order at Chelsea, behind Drogba, Anelka and Torres. His limited game time was also, forced out wide.

A move to Liverpool, and he is now known as one of the world's most potent striker. Will we see Welbeck turn into Daniel Sturridge in the future? Both England strikers, moving from one top club to another.

However, there is even more evidence within the club itself. Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie both began their careers as wingers.

Wenger has a track record of turning wingers into centre-forwards, and he will have no trouble doing it again. History shows us that Welbeck will be the one to help Arsenal finally push for the Premier League title.

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