Danny Welbeck’s dramatic stoppage time winner in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City last Sunday could prove to be the biggest goal of his career.
The Gunners had cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s first-half penalty courtesy of Theo Walcott, but struggled to break down Claudio Ranieri’s table-topping side following the England international's strike.
Arsene Wenger's gamble of bringing on Welbeck, who was making his first appearance since returning from a knee injury he picked up in pre-season, paid off and the north London club now trail the Premier League leaders by just two points.
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The importance of Welbeck’s late goal and whether the Gunners can finally end their 12-year wait for the Premier League title will only be known come May, with the title race as competitive as it has ever been this term.
GiveMeSport looks back on Welbeck's career and picks out his five most important goals prior to his goal against the Foxes.
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5. Switzerland 0-2 England: September 2014
After a miserable World Cup in Brazil, England needed to start their qualifying group for the 2016 European Championships with a victory.
Just over a week after leaving Manchester United for Arsenal, Welbeck stole the show with an outstanding double.
Switzerland were expected to put up a sterner challenge but came undone by a second-half brace from Welbeck that put Roy Hodgson's men on the road to redemption.
After scoring on his return for Arsenal last weekend, Welbeck will be aiming continue his progression and be named as part of Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 in France this summer.
4. Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal: March 2015
Having failed to score on his return to former club United in November 2014, Welbeck responded by netting the winner for Arsenal when the pair clashed in the quarter-final of the FA Cup last season.
With both sides out of European action and Chelsea running away with the Premier League title, the game was key to determining which English giant would take a further stride towards Wembley and the other endure another trophyless campaign.
Nacho Monreal put the Gunners ahead before Wayne Rooney responded by scoring just before the interval.
Yet the night was to belong to Welbeck, who calmly rounded David de Gea in the 61st minute to settle the tie six months after swapping Old Trafford for the Emirates.
3. Sweden 2-3 England: June 2012
Having drawn their first game of the European Championships in 2012 1-1 against France, the pressure was on for Hodgson's men to get a crucial victory against Sweden.
Andy Carroll opened the scoring for the Three Lions but Aston Villa legend Olaf Mellberg netted a surprise brace to put Sweden in front, before Theo Walcott levelled with half-an-hour left on the clock.
Welbeck then scored the most important goal of his international career, intelligently flicking Walcott's cross past Andreas Isaksson in the 78th minute to give England a crucial victory.
England experienced heartache in the quarter-finals where they were knocked out on penalties to Italy, with the Manchester-born striker being withdrawn for Carroll in the second-half.
2. Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United: February 2013
Manchester United were on course to regain the Premier League title when they travelled to the Santiago Bernabeu to meet Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid in February 2013 in the last 16 of the Champions League.
United took a surprise early lead when Welbeck headed in Rooney’s corner and were then subjected to a swarm of Los Blancos attacks.
Welbeck's strike gave the club a crucial away goal and, despite Cristiano Ronaldo equalising against his former club, the Greater Manchester outfit went into the return leg on home soil as favourites to go through to the next round.
However, Nani’s red card made United's task even more difficult and Madrid used their extra man advantage to punish the Red Devils, with goals from Luka Modric and Ronaldo dumping United out of Europe's elite club competition.
1. Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United: January 2012
Welbeck scored a stunning acrobatic strike for United against fierce rivals Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2012 at the Etihad.
Having been thumped 6-1 by City months earlier in the campaign, the pressure was on United to demonstrate they could still keep tabs with Roberto Mancini’s swashbuckling side.
Wayne Rooney opened the scoring, with Welbeck’s emphatic effort doubling their lead with less than 30 minutes played.
Rooney added a third which looked to have killed the game off for Sir Alex Ferguson's men but City rallied through Sergio Aguero and Aleksandar Kolarov and set the match up for a nervy ending for away supporters.
However, United were stubborn when they were pinned back and held on to progress to the next round.
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