Danny Welbeck is the highest scorer in Euro 2016 qualifiers after his effort was deflected past the Lithuania goalkeeper on Friday night.
Roy Hodgson claims the United fan is benefitting from a move from Manchester to Arsenal because now he is playing more games.
Arsene and I speak more often than most. We spoke of course before he signed Danny. I was singing Danny’s praises, so I’m delighted Arsene has seen that my judgment wasn’t wrong and that he shares that judgment. We like Danny very much. We’ve always shown faith in Danny. Many times he’s been selected by me and my staff and he’s not actually been playing for Manchester United and yet still we’ve selected him because he’s got the qualities required. What he really needs now is the faith of his manager – which he’s obviously got from Arsene – to get more games, and then I think we’ll see more and more performances from him that we’ve been lucky enough to see with England. He’s played quite a lot of games for Arsenal if you compare it to the number of games he was playing at Man United.
The reality is Welbeck is the third choice striker at Arsenal. This season he has scored 4 goals in the league, the same number as United’s loanee flop Radamel Falcao, despite playing 10 hours more than the Colombian this season. The players who have scored more goals than him this season include: Burnley’s George Boyd and Ashley Barnes, Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle and Mile Jedinak, Everton’s Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith, Frank Lampard and Stewart Downing,
If Welbeck plays in every remaining game this season, he will have featured in more games for Arsenal than he did in two of the three seasons he was in United’s first team squad. He has to score six goals in the remaining eight games to have performed better for Arsenal than he did in two of the three seasons he was in United’s first team squad. That would require a scoring rate of 0.75 goals per game after a season when he has averaged 0.19 goals per game.
But other than that, Welbeck is doing really well since leaving the team he supports for Arsenal and has really come on as a player.