Welbeck lost goal scoring instinct at Man Utd, says Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed new signing Danny Welbeck lost his eye for goal whilst at Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.

The former United striker signed for the North London club on deadline day in a deal worth £16m – and netted his first goal for the club at the weekend in their 3-0 win away to Aston Villa.

Following the England international opening his Gunners account Wenger has said he believes the striker was wasted on the wing at their rivals.

He said: “He’s a good finisher but he’s played wide for Manchester United in the last two or three years and has lost a little bit of instinct to score.

“It’s a bit animalistic to score. You need to be in the middle and you always need to wait for your chance to get the ball.

“On the flank you have less of that responsibility.

“Playing in the middle, somebody has to go on the flank and cross the ball for you to score, so it’s a different job.

“He has an interesting potential. He has a good mentality, good physical potential and good technical potential.

“He contributes to our team play because he doesn’t lose the ball up front and those are important qualities.

“To get that [scoring] instinct, it’s not selfish.”

Wenger also praised Welbeck’s ability to not only score but provide for his team mates – with Welbeck and Mesut Ozil scoring and providing one another with an assist.

Welbeck had previously been at United since he was a boy and following a successful spell on loan at Sunderland broke into the first team at the start of the 2011-12 season.

He went on to make 142 appearances for the club scoring 29 goals – although many of these appearances came from the bench in recent years with the striker also being deployed from a wider position.

Welbeck is also commonly used from the left flank for England, but bagged two goals when played as a central striker in the absence of Daniel Sturridge in England’s 2-0 victory over Switzerland this month.

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