Gambling on Welbeck Pays off for Wenger

Worth of a Gambling Kingz Review

The chance that Arsene Wenger took when splashing out £16m on Manchester United misfit Danny Welbeck was worthy of a review by the online casino experts at Gambling Kingz but now, after four goals in his first five Arsenal appearances, including a hat-trick in Champions League against Galatasaray, it is starting to look like money well spent.

Panic Buy

Having led the Premier League for much of last season only to fall short following injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott amongst others, Wenger convinced himself that he wouldn’t let that happen again this year. Already looking thin in the striking department, however, the broken Tibia suffered by Olivier Giroud in August again left Arsenal exposed in attack and Wenger was forced to act. Although comparatively small beer by modern price tags, £16m did feel like a large sum to pay for Welbeck but, with limited options and time running out in the transfer window, Wenger was forced to pay up. That deal is now looking like very good business.

Welbeck
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Welbeck Unproven

Although a regular member of the England squad, Welbeck had over the last few years struggled to make a mark at Manchester United, falling down the pecking order behind the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie and being sent out on loan to Sunderland and Preston North End. The arrival of Luis Van Gaal and the millions that he was willing to invest in order to bring the most talented attacking players in the world to Old Trafford signalled the end for Welbeck. Although he was good, he wasn’t deemed to be good enough for United: his goals/ game ratio in all competitions over the last few seasons bears this out.

 

Danny Welbeck Wayne Rooney Robin Van Persie
Goals Games Ratio Goals Games Ratio  Goals Games Ratio
2009/10 4 19 0.21 34 44 0.77 10 19 0.53
2010/11 6 28 0.21 16 40 0.40 22 33 0.67
2011/12 12 39 0.31 34 43 0.79 37 48 0.77
2012/13 2 40 0.05 16 37 0.43 30 48 0.63
2013/14 10 36 0.28 19 40 0.48 18 28 0.64
Total 34 162 0.21 119 204 0.58 117 176 0.66

 

Coming Good at the Right Time

Despite history suggesting that Welbeck may not have the ability to succeed at the highest level, his time at Arsenal so far has been a triumph and he looks to be full of confidence. In his first game after leaving Old Trafford Welbeck led the line superbly for England, scoring both goals in their 2-0 win over Switzerland and, in scoring his first ever senior hat-trick in the Gunners 4-1 win over Galatasaray, he has single-handedly resurrected Arsenal’s flagging Champions League hopes. The faith and belief that Wenger has shown in the 23 year old seems to have done him the power of good and he will be hoping that his gamble pays off in the long term. With a few more performances like Wednesday night’s it won’t take long to repay the £16m fee.

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