Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck appears to have returned from his spell on the sidelines even stronger but still believes the England international can improve his finishing.
Scoring four goals in nine appearances, the 25-year-old has looked sharp leading the Gunners front line since returning to first team action after ten months out with a knee problem.
Having learnt his trade on the flanks Wenger thinks that the ex-Manchester United man can follow the likes of Borussia Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scorer of 22 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances, and Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s record goalscorer, by moving inside and becoming more clinical in the box.
“I agree that he’s sharper,” Wenger told press on Friday. “I think it’s not physical, it’s mental. He looks like he realised he has to add something to his game.
“Maybe he was frustrated as well to be out for the first time for a long, long period. It has loaded his mental determination. Before he looked not certain of his game when he came to the finishing but now he looks much more assertive in his game.
“Danny has all the qualities you need in the modern game. He has pace, he has stature. If he adds that finishing quality he has all you need.
“It is a bit unusual [to improve as a finisher at Welbeck’s age], but I have seen it before, especially from players who moved from the flanks to the middle.
“We have seen that with [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang now at Dortmund, he was a very poor finisher on the flank. We have seen it with Thierry Henry. Hopefully we will see it with Welbeck as well.”