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Published: 10:36 | 13/3/18

Welbeck welcomes competition


Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck believes competing with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will make him a better player.

The Gunners broke their transfer record to sign Lacazette from Lyon in the summer before splashing the cash to land Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in January.

Having found himself down the pecking order, Welbeck is now the only senior striker available for Thursday's Europa League second leg tie against AC Milan - Lacazette is sidelined through injury while Aubameyang is cup tied - but the England international is without a goal since the FA Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Despite his lack of goals, Welbeck insists he is ready to embrace the challenge and believes the extra competition for places will ultimately make him a better player.

“It's competition and I embrace it. Ever since I was a young kid, I've been playing for an academy with scouts all over the world that are looking for top players to come in," Welbeck said.

“You have competition throughout your whole life and it only makes you better.

“That competitive edge gives you extra motivation.”

Welbeck has been beset by injuries since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Manchester United but he is keen not to dwell on the problems.

“Obviously the injuries have derailed me in the past, but it’s gone now and there’s nothing I can do about it,” added Welbeck.

“My mindset’s just focused on looking forward, bettering myself, getting on the pitch, on the training pitch, doing what I can do to improve myself.

“When I get on that pitch, I want to make an impact. That’s all I can say.” 

Arsenal welcome Serie A side AC Milan to the Emirates for the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie on Thursday, March 15 live on eir Sport 2 on the eir Sport pack [kick off 8.05pm]

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