Reports are out claiming that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reluctant to compare Danny Welbeck with Gunners legend Thierry Henry.
The England international striker played as a central striker against Aston Villa, rather than out wide as he did at Manchester United, leading to comparisons with Henry’s Gunners career.
Wenger brought the Frenchman from Juventus in 1999 and helped transform him from a winger into Arsenal’s record goalscorer.
But he was quick to play down early similarities with the Gunners legend.
“Look, give me some time, it is a bit early to say that when you look at the number of goals Thierry Henry scored,” said Wenger.
“I think Danny has an interesting potential and let’s see how he develops. He has a good mentality, good physical potential, technical potential and he contributes to our team play because he doesn’t lose the ball and those are important qualities. Thierry is a good act to follow and I have nothing against it.”
Wenger continued: “He has played wide at Manchester United, never through the middle.
“You lose a little bit of that instinct to score and also that pressure, which is a bit animalistic.
“You need to be in the middle and wait for your chance to kill the opponent. On the flank you have less of that responsibility.
“It’s not a question of potential, it is more a nervous problem because in training he scores goals like a real striker.
“He rushed his finishing until now because he didn’t score.”