Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck

Athletic forward Danny endured a largely-frustrating second term in north London.

The England international missed the first six months of the season, due to a knee injury suffered against Chelsea in April 2015. He eventually made his first appearance of the campaign against Leicester City 10 months later and marked his return in style - coming off the bench to head home a stoppage-time winner. That goal was voted Arsenal’s Goal of the Month for February - though the Gunners’ title charge lost ground soon after.

Danny Welbeck Profile

Born November 26, 1990
Longsight, Greater Manchester
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Previous Club(s) Manchester United, Preston (North End (loan), Sunderland (loan)

Danny, however, continued to impress in the following weeks, starting regularly as Arsenal’s centre forward. He scored at Old Trafford for the second successive season and was also on target in matches against Watford, Everton and Norwich City before suffering a knee injury in the penultimate game of the season.

The England forward joined Arsenal from Manchester United at the end of the summer 2014 transfer window and scored eight goals in his first season with the club - the undoubted highlight of which was the winning goal in a 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final success on his return to Old Trafford.

Danny is an experienced international, having made his senior international debut against Ghana - the country of his parents’ birth - in 2011. After scoring his first goal for England in a friendly against Belgium in June 2012, he netted the winner in an entertaining 3-2 Euro 2012 victory over Sweden.

Danny also featured at the 2014 World Cup, starting England’s first two matches.

Danny Welbeck's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-2015 18 + 7 4 6 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 27 + 7 8
2015-2016 7 + 4 4 1 + 1 0 1 + 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 + 6 5
Total 25 + 11 8 7 + 1 3 4 + 1 2 0 0 0 0 36 + 13 13

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15

July

Danny missed the whole month through injury.

August

Danny did not feature in August.

September

Danny did not play in September.

November

Danny did not play in November.

December

Danny did not play during December.

January

Danny did not play during January.

February

Danny made his return from injury after 10 months in spectacular style when he scored a last-gasp winner against Leicester City. The striker featured four times during February and also claimed a goal against former club Manchester United. Speaking after his heroics against the Foxes, he said: “It was a wonderful feeling to get that winning goal at the end. It was just very important for us to get the three points.”

March

Danny played five times in March, and scored against Watford and Everton. Speaking after his impressive performance against Everton, Arsene Wenger said: “I would like to give Danny credit because it was not obvious he would play because he had some problems. Overall, he was very strong and had a good performance.”

April

Danny played five times in April and scored against Norwich City. The striker also claimed two assists against West Ham and Crystal Palace. Speaking after his strike against the Canaries, the England international said: “When you are on the bench, you want to come on and make an impact. Thankfully I got the goal and it was a difficult game with Norwich trying to avoid relegation and they were fighting until the end. We had to win this game to get the three points. It was a good win for us.”

May

Danny played once in May, against Manchester City, but sustained a knee injury that is expected to keep him out of action for approximately nine months.

September

Danny celebrated his deadline-day move to Emirates Stadium with a brace for England against Switzerland. He then grabbed his first Arsenal goal in their 3-1 victory against Aston Villa after assisting Mesut Ozil’s opener. Speaking after the Villa win, Danny said: “I've not had as many training sessions as I would have liked to but I'm starting to know the other players a lot better. In time I'm sure the understanding will be positive.”

October

Danny netted a hat-trick against Galatasaray and followed it up with a late equaliser against Hull City. Just a couple of months into his Arsenal career, the England striker has demonstrated why Arsene Wenger bought him, offering the Gunners a constant threat up front with his pace, strength and link-up play. “I’m looking to build an understanding with the players and getting to know them better, it’s good to play with this calibre of midfielders, they are only going to create chances,” Danny said after the Galatasaray win.

November

Danny continued to impress in an Arsenal shirt with energetic performances throughout November. The forward scored a brace for England in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and then scored the Gunners’ winner in their clash with West Bromwich Albion at the end of the month. Speaking after that victory, Danny said: “I’ve had a couple blocked off the line [in recent games] and it just wasn’t going my way, but I’ve got the goal and I’m just looking forward to scoring more and helping the team to win games.”

December

Danny featured in six of Arsenal’s December games and scored the winner in the Gunners’ final game of 2014 against West Ham United. Speaking after the game, the forward said: “I was pleased to get the goal and I’m looking to score many more goals. If I get the opportunity, I’ll try to put them in the back of the net, so I’m a bit disappointed with the [miss] in the second half as well.”

January

Danny missed the whole month through injury.

February

Danny returned from the injury that sidelined him for the whole of January to feature four times for Arsenal.

March

Danny featured in all six of Arsenal’s games in March and scored the winning goal on his return to Old Trafford to secure the Gunners’ spot in the FA Cup semi-finals. The England forward also claimed an assist for Olivier Giroud’s opener in the 2-1 win at Newcastle United. Speaking after the FA Cup win, Arsene Wenger said: “What I like with Danny is that he’s intelligent, he wants to do well for the team, he’s a great talent and recently he has done extremely well for the national team as well. He has shown today when you can produce such a complete performance offensively and defensively, he has a great future.”

April

Danny featured in all four of Arsenal’s April fixtures, and started the FA Cup semi-final victory against Reading. Speaking after the Chelsea game, the England striker said: “I’m happy about the move to Arsenal and I think things will go well for me in the future. It’s a good group of lads and everyone’s been class with me since the day I arrived.”

May

Danny missed the whole month through injury.