Arsene Wenger explains why Arsenal can expect big season from 26-year-old striker

The Arsenal manager is backing Danny Welbeck to have a big season for the north London club

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck Photo: Puma

Arsene Wenger is tipping Danny Welbeck to have a big season for Arsenal.

The England international scored twice in the north London side’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Arsenal striker has already found the net three times in four games to outscore the Gunners’ club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette.

Welbeck has endured a string of injury problems since moving to the north London club in a £16m deal from Manchester United in 2014.

The 26-year-old forward has 20 times in 74 games in all competitions in three seasons at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the Arsenal striker has made a promising start to the 2017-18 season with the 2018 World Cup in Russia on the horizon.

And Gunners boss Wenger expects Welbeck to have a big season with his confidence growing.

“I’m pleased with his performance, I kept faith in him and overall I think he is getting stronger and stronger and more confident,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.

“Confidence plays a big part in his game and I loved his finishing on his second goal.”

Welbeck will be hoping to claim a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Arsenal have lost two of their opening four Premier League games following a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City and a 4-0 humiliation at Liverpool.

The Gunners signed Lacazette in a £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon in the summer transfer window.

Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac has also joined the north London club on a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

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