Arsenal’s Welbeck hits back at critics

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has reacted to criticism of his goal scoring record by arguing it was impossible to be more prolific for Manchester United when he was played out of position, ESPN has reported.

Welbeck told talkSport that he is getting more chances to play as a central attacker and the results are obvious, having scored a hat-trick in the Gunners’ 4-1 Champions League win over Besiktas in midweek.

“Nobody can really criticise my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often,” he said. “Now I am getting into these positions I want to be sticking the ball in the back of the net. I am sure it’s the same with every other striker.

“Obviously people can say I have not scored enough goals, but you stick the best strikers on the wing in a four-man midfield and see if they score goals,” Welbeck continued. “If you are getting goals and getting a run of games in your preferred position, your confidence is going to grow and performances are going to grow as well.

“That is something I am really looking forward to doing, building on those performances.”

Welbeck’s three goals were his second, third and fourth for the London club following a deadline day exit from Old Trafford. The 23-year-old scored his first goal for Arsenal in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

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