Welbeck In Team Of The Week (12/9/17)
Arsenal are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Danny Welbeck in the three nil victory over Bournemouth at the weekend at the Emirates Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Welbeck as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'When Danny Welbeck scored his first goal in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, my first thought was that it came off his shoulder. The number of times I have seen Welbeck score goals that aren't clean connections makes me wonder, is he what you would call 'a genuine finisher' in the same way you would categorise other Arsenal forwards like Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry? Not in my opinion. But does that matter when you are a very willing athlete who will score goals provided he remains fit and healthy? So what, you might say. When the ball ends up in the back of the net, who cares how it got there? Well genuine finishers do. I was so impressed when Welbeck scored his second and when he almost got a third with the most exquisite chip. But even if he had scored that attempted effort, my opinion of him would not have changed. The difference is that I've seen Wright, Bergkamp and Henry all score goals like the one Welbeck went for and missed with remarkable regularity. Arsenal might have brushed aside Bournemouth but until the Gunners have genuine finishers in the team they can forget about Premier League titles.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Welbeck for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Pascal Gross (Brighton), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Choupo-Moting (Stoke City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)