English Premiership

Wilshere: Welbeck can be key

2014-10-13 08:50
Wilshere and Welbeck (Supplied)
Wilshere and Welbeck (Supplied)
Cape Town - Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal and England team-mate Danny Welbeck can become a key player for both club and country following a rich vein of goal-scoring form.

The 23-year-old looks to be reaching his full potential following a £16m move from Manchester United two months ago, and highlighted his qualities as a centre-forward with a Champions League hat-trick against Galatasaray on October 1.

Welbeck has also managed to transfer his club form onto the international stage, where he netted in the 5-0 win over San Marino on Thursday to take his Three Lions tally to 11 goals in 29 appearances.

He has also managed seven goals in nine appearance for both England and the Gunners this season, and ahead of Sunday's 2016 European Championships qualifier against Group E rivals Estonia, Wilshere said: "The main thing for Danny is his confidence.

"I said before we signed him for Arsenal that he could play centre forward and he would score goals.

"He proved that in the Switzerland game and since he's been at Arsenal he's been fantastic.

"He didn't really get that chance for Manchester United to play at the top and be the key man, the goal-scorer.

"He's got that chance at Arsenal and he's showing everyone what he can do. I wouldn't say it's the start of him - but he's really starting to grow up.

"He's the key man and he likes that pressure of being the key man. His attitude is fantastic.

"If you look through the leagues, there's not many centre forwards who give you that work rate and score goals."


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