Pundit explains why Arsenal striker isn’t like Thierry Henry

Garth Crooks says Danny Welbeck isn't a great finisher like Arsenal legends Denis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Ian Wright

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Garth Crooks doesn’t consider Danny Welbeck to be a natural goal-scorer like Arsenal legends Denis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Ian Wright.

The Gunners forward scored twice in a 3-0 win against Bournemouth in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Welbeck has now scored four times in the Premier League this season, which is more goals than club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette.

The 26-year-old has endured a string of injury problems during his three years at the north London club since his £16m switch to the Gunners from Manchester United.

Welbeck scored 17 goals in 69 games in all competitions over the past three seasons but the England international’s start to the current campaign is a big positive for Arsenal.

Former Spurs forward Crooks doesn’t consider Welbeck to be a great goal-scorer like some of his famous predecessors, such as Henry and Wright.

“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,” Welbeck told BBC Sport.

“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.”

Welbeck netted 29 goals in 142 games in all competitions during his Manchester United career before his move to Arsenal in 2014.

The Gunners have won two of their opening four Premier League games so far, easing to victories over Leicester City and Bournemouth.

However, Arsenal have lost to Stoke City and Liverpool to cast doubt on their title potential.

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