Can Arsenal turn Danny Welbeck into a top striker?

Manchester United striker, Danny Welbeck is on Arsenal’s shopping list, it has emerged. Arsene Wenger’s search for a top-level striker seems to have taken him to Old Trafford where Danny Welbeck’s future is far from certain.

The Englishman has also caught the attention of Tottenham while Everton will try to lure him to the Merseyside if they fail to keep this season’s top striker, Romelu Lukaku.

Danny Welbeck, while not known for deadly finishing, has pace, strength and dribbling abilities. Arsene Wenger is short of pace in his attack and would welcome the England international to the Emirates with open arms. He believes Welbeck is something of a rough diamond that can mature into a top-drawer striker over the next couple of seasons.

The 23-year old is thought to be frustrated with the shortage of first team opportunities in his favoured central attacking position. Manchester United, however, would hate to lose a home grown player like Welbeck. The youngster has been at United since he was eight and has played for United’s youth team as well as the Reserve team. He also played for all the England youth teams before making his senior team debut in March, 2011 against the country of his birth, Ghana.

Whether Welbeck would jump ship is not yet clear but joining Arsenal might actually take Welbeck to the next level. Arsene Wenger is a manager that trusts his players, regardless of their age.

This is Welbeck’s third season in the Manchester United team. The young Mancunian came in for a lot of criticism last season after scoring just 2 goals in 40 appearances but he had played most of the season out on the flanks. This season, however, has seen a marked improvement as he equalled last season’s tally on the first matchday against Swansea City. Danny Welbeck now has 10 goals in all competitions from just 31 games.

Interestingly, Danny Welbeck styles his game on Thierry Henry’s, his boyhood hero. He is known for his work rate and has been described as strong, quick and very good in the air.

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