Arsenal manager plays down Danny Welbeck-Thierry Henry comparisons
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has some work to do to turn Danny Welbeck into the new Thierry Henry
Arsene Wenger has played down comparisons between Danny Welbeck and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
The 23-year-old scored his first Gunners goal in a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa after moving to The Emirates in a £16m deal from Manchester United earlier this month.
Thierry is a good act to follow and I have nothing against it
Wenger has been tipped to turn the England international into a prolific goal-scorer as the Gunners manager did with Arsenal and France legend Henry.
Whilst the French coach has no problems with Welbeck drawing inspiration from their club-record goal-scorer, Wenger urged patience as he seeks to improve Welbeck.
“Look, give me some time, it is a bit early to say that when you look at the number of goals Thierry Henry scored,” said Wenger.
“I think Danny has an interesting potential and let’s see how he develops. He has a good mentality, good physical potential, technical potential and he contributes to our team play because he doesn’t lose the ball and those are important qualities.
“Thierry is a good act to follow and I have nothing against it.”
Wenger added that Welbeck is a natural finisher during first-team training, but look more nervous in competitive action.
“He has played wide at Manchester United, never through the middle,” added Wenger.
“You lose a little bit of that instinct to score and also that pressure, which is a bit animalistic.
“You need to be in the middle and wait for your chance to kill the opponent. On the flank you have less of that responsibility.
“It’s not a question of potential, it is more a nervous problem because in training he scores goals like a real striker.
“He rushed his finishing until now because he didn’t score.”