When Arsenal signed Danny Welbeck on transfer deadline day, the news did not generate much excitement among the Arsenal fans, although we were glad that Arsene Wenger had signed someone. But it was more about relief that the Gunners had cover for the injured Olivier Giroud than belief that Welbeck would be able to fire the goals we needed.
Ever since then, however, we have warmed to Welbeck and started to think that he really could thrive as a centre forward under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. There have been a few hiccups along the way so far, like the three missed chances against Borussia Dortmund, but in his second Champions League game for Arsenal last night, the 23-year old banished most of the remaining doubts with his stunning hat-trick.
So is that it, Arsenal fans? Do we now believe that Welbeck will get the Gunners enough goals for us to seriously challenge for the major trophies? I think so, because it was the manner he took his goals more than just recording his first professional hat-trick. Every goal was well taken but the way his finishing got cooler through the match says to me that all he needs is confidence to become a top marksman.
And his all-round play and the creativity of his Arsenal team mates will get him plenty of chances to practice the fine art of goal scoring. Welbeck still has a long way to go and a lot of work to do but he seems more than happy to do it and that is half the problem solved.