Arsenal's Danny Welbeck must emulate Javier Hernandez upon his return from injury

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck must convince when he returns from injury or face being sold in the summer.

The former Manchester United forward, who scored eight goals last term, is yet to make an appearance this season and as a result is subject of being replaced by Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi.

Welbeck has only shown glimpses of his quality throughout his career and must replicate the form of his former strike partner Javier Hernandez if he wishes to remain at the Emirates Stadium. 


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The 25-year-old arrived on transfer deadline day last season and, after a hat-trick against Galatasaray just one month into his career in north London, was being compared to Theirry Henry.

However, his form dipped and he even admitted to disappointment about a ‘goal shy’ first season.

His highlight was the winner against his old club in a pulsating FA Cup quarter-final encounter back in March, which served to highlight the plight of Radamel Falcao who was his star-studded replacement.

Yet the reality is he did little to convince Louis van Gaal he was good enough to make the cut at Old Trafford in the same way as the Columbian.


Though his club career is riddled with inconsistency, Welbeck has been the complete opposite when on international duty with England.

He has netted a respectable 14 goals in 33 appearances since making his debut against Ghana in 2011.

His most vital came in Euro 2012, where his stunning back-heel against Sweden helped England along to victory.

Roy Hodgson is a big admirer of Welbeck yet could face a selection dilemma if he cannot fire Arsenal to silverware once again.


Unlike Welbeck, Mexican forward Hernandez has taken to life outside of Old Trafford exceptionally, scoring 12 goals in 17 games for German outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

Four have come in the Champions League, with Leverkusen now facing a crunch match with Roma to determine who proceeds to the knockout stages alongside holders Barcelona.

Welbeck and Hernandez were both part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s title-winning squads of 2011 and 2013, but spent their latter days in Manchester eclipsed by old guard Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.


Welbeck has shown in the past he has the potential to live up to the expectations Ferguson and United had for him.

With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in fine form, there will be no shortage of chances for him to score and force his way into Hodgson’s plans for Euro 2016 upon his return, particularly if it means the Gunners finishing with a first league title for over a decade.

Thierry Henry
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