Former United star makes it clear he wants striker role.Arsenal’s new signing Danny Welbeck has made it perfectly clear that he wants the chance to play upfront for his new club after a difficult time with Manchester United, the Daily Mail reports.
The 23-year-old, a product of United’s youth system, has struggled with consistency so far in his career, but believes that is down to playing in a variety of attacking midfield roles during his time in the senior squad at Old Trafford.
With big names such as Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez previously ahead of him in the pecking order at United, Welbeck was often used out wide and feels this hindered his ability to get into the box and do what he does best – score goals.
Arsenal’s £16m deadline day purchase shone as a centre-forward for England in their win over Switzerland this week, scoring twice to help Roy Hodgson’s side to a crucial three points in their first Euro 2016 qualifying match.
This may be a sign of things to come for Arsenal and England, with Welbeck now revealing he is determined to get an extended run of games in his favoured position and prove his doubters wrong.
“It is well known I prefer to play through the middle so when I get my opportunity I just want to show what I can do,” he said.
“Once I get into the box and get the opportunities I have got faith in my ability.
“Before I wasn’t getting into the box because I wasn’t playing too much as a striker and I had to worry about my defensive work.
“Listen, anyone can say what they want to say but I just know once I get the opportunity and a run of games up front I will do my best.”