Arsenal fans can finally stop pinching themselves; they have signed a quality centre forward, in the shape of Manchester United’s Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck.
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Despite his marginal status at Old Trafford, the England international has surmounted the mark in two of the last three campaigns, bagging nine times on both occasions.
Neither 2011/12, nor 2013/14 saw him make more than 23 starts, with the more recent of the two granting him just 15 outings from the off.
In itself this suggests a progression and, considering last term’s haul was garnered in United’s least successful campaign for many a moon, doubly so.
Signed for a fee understood to be in the region of £17m, he’s unlikely to be afforded such a peripheral role at the Emirates.
With Olivier Giroud potentially out for four months as of the end of the August it would not be unreasonable to suggest that Welbeck should consider the number nine role his own for the time being.
Often operating as a winger at Old Trafford last term, his goals-per-90-minutes ratio was a highly respectable 0.55.
Should he reproduce that level of effectiveness for the Gunners, he will require just over 14 full matches, of the 35 remaining, to surmount his total.
In 2013/14 Arsenal had five players inside the top 50 for average key passes per Premier League match.
United had a solitary one in Wayne Rooney.
With this increased creativity behind him Welbeck can be expected not just to land the overs but to post the highest league tally of his career this season.