Welbeck gets England nod

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Danny Welbeck has been called up by England for their upcoming matches with Spain and Switzerland.

As was the case at the World Cup, Welbz is the only Gunner represented in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

He’ll be hoping to take advantage of Jamie Vardy’s international retirement to gain a few more minutes than he did in Russia. The striker featured for around 15 minutes of England’s run to the semi-finals.

The Three Lions will make their UEFA Nations League bow with a game against the Spanish at Wembley on Saturday 8 September. Three days later they take on Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner in a friendly at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

We’re still not entirely sure what the hell the UEFA Nations League actually and we’re not sure we really care. From the outside it looks like a ridiculously complicated attempt to tart-up Interlulls…but as we all know Interlulls are untartupable. Because they are shite and boring.

Gareth Southgate’s England squad

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Dele (Tottenham Hotspur), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (ex-Arsenal), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

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Rich
Rich

His injuries are a concern, but I can see Welbz becoming a mainstay in the team as the season progresses.
Some prefer to talk about his deficiencies, but our biggest deficiency has been a lack of team cohesion, Welbeck is the perfect team player, and I think we always look much better when he’s in the starting 11.
If I had the option of Welbz or Ozil staring out wide? I would pick Welbeck every time.

Pedant
Pedant

Ozil does have big eyes in my opinion, best for staring out wide, or anywhere for that matter. So I’d choose Ozil for staring.

santori
santori

I’d back Lichsteiner any day for a stare down

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

I’m glad we haven’t sold him, even if we’re letting him go for free next season. But I have big hopes that he will play a fantastic season, as I think Emery’s style of play fits him perfectly, and will hopefully extend his contract then. Really like that guy.

santori
santori

He has great attributes to bring to bear with pace, power and height.

If we sell him, we lose that height and power. Even though Aubameyang is close to similar height, he doesn’t have the same physicality Danny has.

C.B.
C.B.

If he is starting to finish as calmly as he did in the last match then he could be a great player. Coolness in front of goal has been his biggest weakness. .

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Every time he scores a goal or two we hear this ‘oh, if he starts finishing he could be great’ argument. He won’t, surely we know that at this stage. We know it’s his biggest weakness, and it will remain so. Let’s just accept that & focus on what he does bring to the team instead. (which is quite a lot imo)

santori
santori

But there’s something to it.

He had tendency to rush things by a fraction.

Hopefully with his maturity now at 27yrs+ he will exhibit more composure.

Mc1892
Mc1892

Remember his champions league hat trick? Thought we were going to see an Arsene master stroke with his signing..

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

haha, this speaks to the low expectations of danny. I mean, he was like 2 feet from an open goal and managed to score with his FOOT and we call it “calm finishing”!

gooner1981
gooner1981

Would it be a bad thing to offer Welbz an extension? He is a solid player, fast, hard-working, and as much as his finishing can be hilarious, he does put a few away. Also, he is pretty good in the air.

santori
santori

Not just yet.

Lets see how he continues.

A swallow does not a summer make.

Mpls
Mpls

If nothing else we can keep him fit for Southgate’s squad.

NorthernGoon
NorthernGoon

Interesting that Rashford has been called up but not played hardly yet Walcott who’s playing well for all intents and purposes hasn’t.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Do we actually care any more? I spent a large chunk of my life hoping Walcott would hit the heights consistently. Sadly never happened. He had two periods where he really worked hard, had a positive attitude, and started looking good, but he couldn’t keep himself up to that pace. He spent the rest of the time apparently comfortable to be going nowhere. I’ll be buggered if I can even remember who we sold him to now… he’s hardly been making headlines since he left. I’m quite happy if he fades away into old age without becoming an England stalwart now.

santori
santori

Well the English core we have in the team at the moment – Holding (chambers), AMN, Welbeck.

Then there’s potentially Nelson, Smith Rowe, Nketiah.

Its come down to this.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Gump’s greatest talent was making facile platitudes to the press after games. If he could play as well as he produced vacuous nonsense he’d be England captain. Goodbye. Shut the door on your way out, Theo.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I think there are three potential reasons for that.

Firstly Southgate is probably trying to focus on the next generation and in particular the squad he took to the WC. Walcott aged 29 doesn’t qualify, no matter how good his form is.

The second is that Southgate seems to have some beef with Walcott since the last time he dropped him. He was unhappy that he couldn’t replicate his Arsenal form for England, whereas Walcott was unhappy about being left out despite his great form at the time.

Thirdly Walcott’s form for Everton is partly born out of being consistently played in his best position, right wing. He has committed to it a way he rarely did at Arsenal really, staying wider and deep for longer and looking more like a wide playmaker than a striker on the wing. Unfortunately for him it looks like Southgate won’t play with wingers at all anymore, preferring wingbacks instead. This also explains Demarai Gray’s omission as well.

Ditch the Blue
Ditch the Blue

Surprised you didn’t list them all as ‘some c**t’!

crapaud
crapaud

or 21 c**nts, 1 ex-Arsenal and the Welbz

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Kane is successful and some Arsenal fans try hard to associate with him.
1. Bellerin (ex-Barcelona), I think Barcelona fans will have more problems with that than myself.
2. Auba (ex-Dortmund), I probably like it less that Dortmund fans.

Hantal
Hantal

I really like welbeck as a player and was pleased to see him get some minutes at the weekend but I don’t see how an England call up can be justified at the moment

santori
santori

Southgate probably just auditioning him to see what function he has for England.

Welbeck is a bit quicker than Kane and potentially the height with pace could be useful but really there’s no issue in trying out options over friendlies.

Rich
Rich

Arsenal could do with Welbz getting some minutes, hopefully England can sort that out for us.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Not sure why this is getting thumbs down, it’s true. If you’re not playing for your club you shouldn’t be playing for your country, or at least that’s what Southgate said before. Welbeck has hardly featured for us. Of course, that doesn’t explain why he’s taking Lallana and RLC over Wilshere…

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

Because England has no decent strikers other than Kane.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

It’s because England are pretty shite. The have to pick the 3rd best striker at the 6th best team in the land

COYG1001
COYG1001

At some point I’d like us to start all three — Welbeck, Lacazette and Aubameyang.

They press, at least 2 of 3 track back well (and play nominally wide) and Welbeck is as good a defender as any of our midfield options.

Pair it with 1 true creative midfielder and our best two deeplying / quasi defensive midfielders, and any loss of conventional balance would be offset by a pressing, scoring hell for the other team! Added height/general physicality a huge bonus.

I’ll stand back and witness the abuse now.

santori
santori

Its Welbeck or Lacazette up top for me.

Left side maybe Iwobi or Auba. Right side remains problematic with reliance on Bellerin bombing forward and Mhkitaryan good combining going forward but less so defensively. One potential maybe (in defensive circumstances) to deploy two Lbacks with Bellerin ahead of Lichsteiner much like how Wenger use to play GIbbs and Monreal together on the left to secure that flank better.

Welbeck-Laca-Auba may be a bit too unbalanced.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

No abuse from me, I actually like the idea, especially if there were three defenders and four midfielders

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Others might have a different view as to whether a 3-4-3 formation would work, but I think it could

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Not a bad idea in of itself but I doubt Emery will start all 3 of his senior CF options at the same time as part of a regular first 11.

santori
santori

Of the two players on the peripheral (Elneny and Welbeck…never mind the useless Jenkinson), I feel Welbeck has the most utility for us.

He brings something different with his height and power.

Personally I feel the two players who can develop to hold the ball for us up top are Lacazette and Welbeck.

Laca has improved his ability to fend off and has been feeding the ball well acting as a node almost like what Giroud did for us.

Welbeck can do the same with his height and power but must improve on his first touch.

With everythingelse, there is no first choice 11. It all depends on utility to situation and who is on form.

Some people would like to say Aubameyang is ‘world class’ and predict he wins the golden boot (ridiculous) but I would rather whoever does the business is the money.

So if Welbeck is showing good return, then he has just worked himself a function in the squad.

Personally I feel Unai is doing the right thing starting Aubameyang because of the added pace which allows for the high pressing game that he wants.

This is also an argument for starting Ramsey in that forward midfield role (in lieu of Ozil) as he can bring to bear work rate but also threat bursting into the box. BOth Ozil and Ramsey frankly play the same game and we SHOULD NOT be trying to fit BOTH into the same line up.

There is an argument to retain the likes of Nelson around the squad IMO particularly with a scarcity of choice in the wide role. Where Nketiah is sharp in front of goal, Nelson provides a better balance cutting in from out wide, taking on players and providing both goals and assists. Makes no sense for us to sell him given we won’t be saving much on salary anyway.

Otherwise Auba aside, the only player close to a wide man who can take on others is Iwobi with Mhkitaryan more a hybrid pass and play type but not with pace.

I suppose the other issue of course is IF Welbeck stays, maybe the gaffer feels Auabameyang has better function from wide area thereby we have Auba, Iwobi and Mhkitaryan holding wide positions and there is less opportunity for young Nelson to feature.

BUT I would feel inclined to use Nelson this season. We will see what decision is made.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Poor Jenks. Not so long ago he was one of the players you told us we should easily get 10m each for…and now without playing a minute he’s useless. Ospina, Akpom, Campbell, Jenks, Lucas….you need us to get 40m or so for Jenks so you better talk him up !!

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Was it just me that had to Google Alex McCarthy?

Pat Rice Evra
Pat Rice Evra

Goodison Park, Ji Sung Park, Alex McCarthy Park it’s still rock “n” roll to me? Go on there Welbz never lets anyone down that lad unlike??? Fill in the gap{s} yourselves guys !!!

Dennis Elbow
Dennis Elbow

Harry Kane (ex Arsenal)🤣🤣🤣 Blogs, you are mad!

Dave Crawford
Dave Crawford

Oh yeah..like Raul (ex Atletico) hahaha. Who is the joke on. I only hope in future we can say Eddie ( ex Chelski)

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I remember a time not to long ago when we could potentially get 4 or 5 names in bold every squad. The British core really died a death didn’t it?

PS Harry Kane (ex-Arsenal), love it haha

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Not even one in the French squad either. Are we still a top team ?

Dave Crawford
Dave Crawford

No..we aren.t unfortunately

shokim
shokim

Hmm we’re a Europa League team now more like…

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Can see That guy thriving under Emery .

OneBeatOff
OneBeatOff

Anything that can boost a player’s confidence is welcome. I’m happy for him.

Goonerink

‘ex-arsenal’

Getting funny looks from the other passengers after my burst of laughter, thanks blogs!