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Wenger has praised Danny Welbeck following the striker’s brace against
Bournemouth, adding that the crowd’s booing of Alexis Sanchez is to be
Welbeck, who had been criticised by pundits and Gunners fans
following two lacklustre showings against Stoke and Liverpool, showed
his class against the Cherries on Saturday, converting two chances and
providing an assist to help his side reclaim some self-respect following
last weekend’s Anfield routing.
Speaking to reporters after the match, the Gunners boss said that the
26-year old may be on the cusp of reclaiming the confidence he may have
lost after two seasons plagued by injury.
"People are not convinced that he's a great finisher, but these types
of goals will help him to get more relaxed in front of goal," the
long-serving Arsenal boss said.
"I liked his second goal today, it was really the clean finishing of a goal scorer.
"He gets stronger and stronger. Let's not forget that he was out for a long time," Wenger continued.
"He's a team player, Danny Welbeck, that's why the coaches love him.
He's a guy who has a physical potential that's huge as well."
Welbeck was denied the opportunity for a hat-trick as Wenger opted to
hand Alexis Sanchez his season debut following a protracted and
unpleasant standoff between player and club over his future at the club.
The Chilean striker’s introduction was greeted by a scattering of
boos around the ground, something Wenger believes is unavoidable at this
"We have to accept responses from people. I don't know why. But the best way to get people on your side is to perform," he said.
"I had a chat with him after the game, he didn't look unhappy. Maybe
[he was unhappy] because he wanted to score. The interpretation of the
attitude is always very dangerous," Wenger added.