Arsene Wenger insists he wants to keep Danny Welbeck at Arsenal despite admitting the striker lacks the goal-scoring prowess of Harry Kane. Welbeck has scored just 22 goals over the course of his four seasons at the Emirates and has struggled with injuries since he joined the Gunners from Manchester United in 2014.
Since the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang, that has limited Welbeck’s first team opportunities this season, but Welbeck is likely to be featured against Ostersund in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Lacazette has been ruled out of the round-of-32 second leg at the Emirates after suffering a long-term knee injury and, with Aubameyang currently cup-tied, Wengerr still believes he has use for Welbeck.
“I want to keep him [Welbeck] because I belive he has gone through a torrid time,” Wenger said.
“He has come out well. I see signs in training now that are positive. If he can stay on the pitch and not be injured, I want him to stay here.”
He added: “I like him because he can play left, right or up front. For me he is a useful player, first of all because of his quality.
The Gunners boss believes Welbeck can take inspiration from Jack Wilshere, who recovered from a broken leg. He hopes that the two can become closer through their injuries. “They are very close to each other,” he said.
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