Arsenal manager Unai Emery praised Danny Welbeck for his versatility and said the striker has been training at left-back as they try to deal with an injury crisis.
Danny Welbeck plays in more advanced positions but with Sead Kolasinac out for two months with a knee injury and Nacho Monreal also unavailable for their Premier League opener against Manchester City the Arsenal manager has been toying with using the England international as a left-back.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Kolasinac after he was hurt in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Aug. 1 and Emery said following the match he would not rule out using the 20-year-old against City.
However, Emery said Welbeck has shown he can play all over the pitch: “Danny Welbeck is one of the players who has a multi-position possibility.
“Right winger, left winger, striker, and also yesterday he worked with us at left-back — his performance was good! I like this spirit. To help positions across the team with positive spirit.”
“I said to him when he arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player — and to work for that,” Emery said.
“[We will be] helping with his quality and also getting better with his quality and his data in this year. More goals, more assists. Working to help when we need quick pressing against the opposition.
“For me it’s clear. Yesterday the transfer window closed and our players will stay with us.”