Welbeck has potential to become top-class, says Gary Neville

Danny Welbeck can become a top-class centre forward, according to a former Manchester United star.

Gary Neville, who is now a Sky Sports pundit, was impressed by Welbeck’s hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-1 win against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Thursday morning (Singapore time).

But Neville said it is too early to compare Welbeck to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

Welbeck, who signed from Manchester United on transfer deadline day, became only the third Arsenal player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, after Thierry Henry and Nicklas Bendtner.

Welbeck is only the sixth English player to score a hat-trick in Europe.

Neville hopes that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can turn Welbeck into a world class striker, like the way he did with Henry.

One of the best 

He told Sky Sports: “They were Thierry Henry goals, but I’m not going to compare him to Thierry Henry because he was one of the best players in the world and one of the best players we ever had in the Premier League.

“But remember what Arsene Wenger did when Thierry Henry came to Arsenal. I played against him as a 17-year-old at Monaco and he was very raw as a left-winger.

"His control was poor and he wasn’t a goalscorer in those early years.

“When he went to Arsenal it just took off for him and if Arsene Wenger can work with Danny Welbeck in the same way as he did with Thierry Henry, he will get an absolute bagful of goals if he is consistently playing.”

Watch Welbeck's goals here

Source: Sky Sports


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