Arsenal News: Welbeck welcomes competition

1 year ago

In the latest Arsenal news, Danny Welbeck claims he is not concerned about added competition for a starting role and insists he has dealt with it throughout his career.

The striker has been with the Gunners since making the switch from Manchester United in 2014 but he has struggled to tie down a regular starting spot.

Arsenal have since added Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to their squad over the last couple of transfer windows, which has forced Welbeck further down the pecking order.

Welbeck’s chances of securing a spot with England at the 2018 World Cup could well be at risk after starting just eight Premier League games, scoring three times, in 2017-18, while he has never started more than 18 in a campaign since joining Arsenal.

The 27-year-old has come in for some criticism from fans and pundits this term following some lacklustre performances and Arsene Wenger doesn’t appear to fully trust him to run the line.

However, Welbeck says he is not affected by the extra competition and insists it helps to provide extra motivation.

Welbeck said: “It’s competition and I embrace it. Ever since I was a young kid, I’ve been playing for an academy with scouts all over the world that are looking for top players to come in.

“You have competition throughout your whole life and it only makes you better. That competitive edge gives you extra motivation.”

Arsenal face a huge battle to try and secure a return to the Champions League next season and they are currently 12 points shy of fourth-placed Liverpool with eight games left to play.

Welbeck could be handed further chances to silence his doubters in their remaining matches, including this week’s Europa League last-16 second-leg clash with AC Milan, along with Premier League games against Stoke, Southampton, Newcastle, West Ham, Manchester United, Burnley and Huddersfield.