Everton are now reportedly eyeing a move for Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck if they fail in their bid to land their other forward Olivier Giroud this summer. The recent arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Ligue1 side AS Lyon has led many to believe that Arsene Wenger is looking to cut loose some names from his existing attack.
While the likes of Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell surely have a huge chance of seeing their way out of the Emirates this summer, Arsene Wenger is quite unlikely to leave others, in what is his most crucial season at Arsenal in the past 20 years.
Arsenal have brought in Sead Kolasinac this summer apart from Lacazette and if another arrival is pending, which is widely believed it is, we expect that to be in the attacking midfield. Wenger has been adamant in not letting Alexis Sanchez go this summer even if that means losing him for free next season and his availability gives Arsenal two different sets of a three-man attack.
Wenger was seen using Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck and Lacazette in their Community Shield win over Chelsea this Sunday with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott replacing them in the second half. Sanchez and Ozil coming in will be a major upgrade to this attack. And while Arsenal’s attack looks extremely congested at the moment, their Europa League fixtures should justify it.
Arsene Wenger has already hinted at his plans of shuffling the squad when the Thursday fixtures arrive that will force the Gunners to play two games in a space of two days every other week. And the pace and finish of someone like Welbeck will definitely come in handy for Arsenal in keeping their consistency in all the fronts.
Everton have brought in Wayne Rooney whose deal was a part of Romelu Lukaku’s sale to Manchester United but honestly the 31-year-old was in no way a like for like replacement for the Belgian. While Giroud surely comes close to him, in terms of height and physique, finishing might pull the Frenchman back a little.
And Welbeck could be helpful in achieving that. The English forward, although tremendously injury prone, possesses the ability to finish from the tightest of angles. While Alex Ferguson did use him most efficiently so far, Arsene Wenger has managed to squeeze out productivity from him in what little playing time he has got at the Emirates.
Since joining Arsenal back in 2014, Welbeck has missed a mammoth 77 games for them owing to a thigh injury, patella problems, knee surgery, a toe injury, hyaline cartilage and much more. But he has also managed to score 17 goals and 12 assists in the 69 games he played for the club. Koeman is definitely taking a huge gamble, but it could take them a long way if it work.
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