Danny Welbeck says the arrival of Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang provides extra motivation for him to succeed at Arsenal and insists that competition for places does not intimidate him.
It looked like Welbeck might become a periphery figure again when hip and groin injuries took their toll in September and October but following the sales of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez and the injury to Lacazette, the striker has become an important figure in the squad.
There remain questions about the former Manchester United man’s long-term future at the Emirates – his contract is up in the summer of 2019 – but for now, he’s content with his lot.
“It’s competition and I embrace it,” Welbeck said. “Ever since I was a young kid, I’ve been playing for an academy with scouts all over the world that are looking for top players to come in.
“You have competition throughout your whole life and it only makes you better. That competitive edge gives you extra motivation.
“Obviously the injuries have derailed me in the past, but it’s gone now and there’s nothing I can do about it.
“My mindset’s just focused on looking forward, bettering myself, getting on the pitch, on the training pitch, doing what I can do to improve myself.
“When I get on that pitch, I want to make an impact. That’s all I can say.”
Having done well in the San Siro last week (and with other options thin on the ground) Welbeck is expected to lead the line on Thursday when AC Milan visit the Emirates. Let’s hope he can add some goals to the energy he showed against the Italians.