Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck believes the competition for places up front has forced him to up his game this season.
The 26 year old has been plagued by injuries since arriving from Manchester United in 2014, but he has started this season in a rich vein of form, with three goals in his first four Premier League outings.
The England international says that having an injury free pre-season has helped him to be more instinctive in front of goal, but it is the competition from the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud which is focusing his mind on improving his game. He told Arsenal.com:
“Everyone would love to get the opportunity to play here so there’s always competition and I think that makes it better for you as a player. It makes you want to improve and just keep on doing your best.”
Welbeck’s double against Bournemouth at the weekend would have been just the response manager Arsene Wenger would have been looking for. The Frenchman will have likely been picking over the bones of the Gunners’ abject display against Liverpool during the international break, and he will be pleased with the improved performance against the Cherries.