Shackle-free Welbeck a smashing bet to break Arsenal duck next

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Sometimes in life you just need that break. After much time waiting in the wings to play as a central striker for his country, Danny Welbeck took his chance with aplomb by bagging both England goals to sink Switzerland in Basel.

As a result of Welbeck’s fruitful evening in front of the onion bag England have shrunk into 1/4 to win Group E, having passed arguably their toughest examination of the campaign first off.

Good news indeed then for Roy Hodgson’s fresh-looking Lions, who roared in the face of their critics by beating a team ranked eighth in the world on their own turf.

Meanwhile, any pessimism from Arsenal fans over their deadline day addition’s ability to replace the goals of injured striker Olivier Giroud, may well have transformed into optimism after such a clinical performance.

Stats surrounding Welbz’ scoring prowess for club and country have naturally been doing the rounds like the duty nurse since his £16m switch from Manchester United to Arsenal, but then he’s never been fully vetted as a number nine.

With Giroud sidelined for a number of months Arsene Wenger will surely install his new man at the apex of his 4-2-3-1 formation and not pushed out wide where his famed work-rate and competition for places at Old Trafford has so often seen his preferred centre-forward role forfeited.

In lieu of Ladbrokes’ series of Welbeck specials a debut goal against Manchester City now ranks a real tempter at 9/4, while the 8/11 on the England man busting the 8.5 Premier League goals line suddenly appears gift-wrapped.

As we’ve already seen with the stunning upward career curve of Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool, a move at the right time in your career can pay handsome dividends.

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Christian Crowther

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