England form can provide platform for Welbeck to prove doubters wrong
It all worked out perfectly for Danny Welbeck on Monday against Switzerland. He couldn’t have wished for any better, scoring two goals and helping England to a valuable win.
If Daniel Sturridge was fit then he would have played up front for the Three Lions but Danny came in and has staked his claim.
Now he has to do the same for his new club, Arsenal, starting with tomorrow’s big game against Manchester City.
Welbeck does like playing through the middle but his opportunities at Manchester United were limited because Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were in front of him in the pecking order.
However, now he’s gone to the Gunners to lead the line and he believes that is his best position.
The problem at Manchester United was that every time he played up front he probably felt like he had to prove himself.
Every time he played there he had to score at least one goal to maintain his position and even at times scoring one goal was not enough because of the fact that changes would often be made to accommodate Rooney and Van Persie. It must have been very difficult for him under those circumstances.
At least he knows now that under Arsene Wenger, while he won’t play every game, when he does play it will be through the middle which is what he wanted.
When you look at the price tags of Ross McCormack (£11m) and Shane Long (£12m), Arsenal have paid an extra £4m to get Danny Welbeck – they’ve done some good business.
Sir Alex Ferguson probably wouldn’t have let Welbeck go but he was very good at rotating his squad and he would do so in a way that made Welbeck feel comfortable.
But Louis van Gaal wants to put his own identity on the team – he didn’t really give Welbeck an opportunity because he had so little time to change things around.
Once things started badly with the players already at the club, he decided to change things and bring in the people he wanted.
Welbeck was sacrificed because Van Gaal didn’t know him and didn’t see him as the type of player to lead the line for Manchester United and that’s the manager’s prerogative.
Danny just needed to go somewhere else and play and Arsenal are the kind of club that will create a lot of chances for him.
Arsenal can show ex-stars they mean business
Arsene Wenger will want to prove to those that left for the Etihad that the Gunners are still challenging for top honours in the Premier League and beyond.
The club is back winning trophies again. Some people might say that last year’s FA Cup victory hasn’t convinced them that Arsenal can be a force once again but it could well provide the platform for the team to kick on.
Before the new stadium came along, Wenger was winning silverware and his side were expected to carry on that winning trend.
The good news for Arsenal fans is that they’re now back in a position to challenge for all of the major honours again.
It would be ‘disappointing’ if Scotland say ‘Yes’ to independence
I was once given odds of 1000/1 to be Prime Minister by you lot.
Politics isn’t really for me but I think it would be disappointing if Scotland became independent. It would be a shame.
The Scots are the nicest people in the world and rivalry aside between England and Scotland, there are so many unanswered questions about independence, and the potential trouble ahead means I hope it doesn’t happen.
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