There has always been a huge question mark lingering over the head of Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.
Does he score enough goals? Is he good enough to be a starter for the Gunners? Better yet, in a year with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy playing at the peak of their powers, is he good enough for England?
All three questions may have their answer soon. Welbeck scored again for the Gunners in their comfortable weekend victory over Everton and all signs point to a player that may be finally realising his potential.
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Whilst he has never been a striker capable of scoring goals galore such as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, Welbeck has always possessed the pace and patience to succeed at the highest level.
Despite being sold to Arsenal by Manchester United in the summer of 2014, he has responded well by helping Arsene Wenger’s men retain the FA Cup last May.
He missed most of the season through injury, but since returning to Wenger’s squad in February he has been in scintillating form, dislodging Olivier Giroud from the starting line-up to become the talisman of their side.
The 25-year-old Mancunian is now giving Roy Hodgson a selection dilemma with the European Championships in France now less than three months away, yet if he continues to score then Hodgson may have to start him over the likes of Rooney, Kane and Vardy.
Since David Moyes and Louis van Gaal left Welbeck out in the cold, the striker has responded by rediscovering a goalscoring touch that was absent towards the latter months of his time at Old Trafford.
A hat-trick against Galatasaray so early into his time at the Emirates Stadium drew comparisons with Thierry Henry, but despite struggling with injuries the forward now looks to be coming good.
Hodgson will face yet more of a dilemma if Welbeck can steer Arsenal to the league title for the first time since 2004, with the Gunners’ time in the FA Cup and Champions League over for another season.
If he does manage to fire Wenger’s side to another trophy then it could be the catalyst for him to finally realise his potential in the years that follow.
Hodgson will most likely start Rooney alongside Kane, but the pace of Vardy and Welbeck could be crucial in determining whether England end their 50-year wait for a trophy.
Welbeck looks to be developing into a fine player and a few at Old Trafford will no doubt be frustrated he was sold.
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