Arsenal signed this star player because Ferguson urged Wenger

Ferguson urged Wenger to sign Welbeck
Ferguson urged Wenger to sign Welbeck

The Englishman moved from Manchester United to Arsenal in 2014 for £16m and Squwaka claim that former United boss Alex Ferguson apparently told Arsene Wenger he would be mad to turn down the chance to sign Welbeck when he was weighing up the deal.

They say that Ferguson personally rang Wenger to convince him to do the deal.

Ferguson believed to have waxed lyrical about Welbeck’s rapid ability to learn and take on instructions at the first time of asking.

Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal faced severe criticism for selling Welbeck two years ago but at that time defended himself insisting, he was only going to be used as a substitute for his management.

He said then: “Welbeck doesn’t have the record of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney.

“We let him go because of [Radamel] Falcao, but also to allow the youngsters to fit in.

“That is the policy. That is why I am here.”                                                                 

Arsenal had found relative success while Danny Welbeck as the front man. His work rate and overall athleticism made him such an effective tool in the attack. There is no doubt in that.

But there still remains a doubt whether Danny Welbeck can actually be a striker and these doubts to be very well-founded.

Danny Welbeck has undeniable qualities. Nobody is trying to take anything away from him. But as a single striker, he doesn’t have the cold-blooded instinct to put the ball in the net.

He does so much else that on several occasions he can actually lose track of himself and suddenly Arsenal has no one to lead the attack or wait on crosses.

With so many quality creators, Arsenal sorely require a quality finisher. A true No. 9 like Giroud, who can do what Giroud does, but in a more consistent way, or even in tandem with Giroud.

Arsenal do need that goal-scoring striker as soon as possible and Welbeck is not showing that he is that guy. However, there is still time to prove the critics wrong, and it would be incredibly convenient if he did.

Arsene Wenger’s men now find themselves ten points adrift league leaders Leicester, and it’s not hard to see why when you consider the poor play of their starting striker at Upton Park in their last league outing.

Welbeck may have been the hero against Leicester with a last-minute goal, but he was conspicuously absent from the play against West Ham, relying on his team-mates to get the goals.

So just how poor was the former Manchester United forward? Well according to stats, almost half of his successful passes last Saturday were from his team’s four kickoffs on the day.