Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger urge fans “to be patient” with new signing Danny Welbeck, who struggled to convert good chances at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.
The England international floundered in his attempts to get the ‘Gunners’ in the ascendancy at the Westfalendstadion when the contest was still deadlocked.
The £16m summer signing from Manchester United failed to convert a loose ball a little over the half-hour mark after goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller spilled Alexis Sanchez’s shot. Having timed his run to perfection to get on the end of Aaron Ramsey’s reverse pass, which sent the 23-year-old through on goal, he then could only drag his shot wide on 41 minutes.
Speaking in his post-game press briefing in the belly of the Signa Iduna Park, Wenger insists Welbeck’s finishing will become clinical with time.
“He will (score), I don’t think we have to make a problem with that,” said the French boss. “He had a very lively first half and he couldn’t finish from his two or three good chances in the first half. We have to be patient (with him).”
Four minutes after Welbeck threw caution to the wind from decent openings, Ciro Immobile hacked away the ball from well inside his own half after the Londoners fumbled with a throw-in. The striker skidded past two defenders and then drove the ball into the far corner.
Another defensive blunder cost Wenger’s side a second goal just three minutes into the second-half. Matthias Ginter’s lovely delivery over the top evaded Per Mertesacker and Wojciech Szczesny, who got in each others way, only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scuff the ball over the line.
Wenger accepted “Dortmund were the better team”, saying: “We had a disappointing performance and the victory is normal. Still the paradox of the night is we had very good chances to to score first that didn’t go for us and went for them. We were caught on two counter-attacks on 45 and 48 minutes and that was very difficult.
“They were better and stronger than us in midfield, I agree with that. But it’s very difficult on the night to go into any individual assessment of any players because as a team we were not at the requested level.”
Midfielder Jack Wilshere could face fresh spell on the sidelines after twisting his ankle in the closing minutes of the Group D opener. Wenger admitted he was concerned about it because it is the same joint which ruled him out for 17 months.
“Jack Wilshere has turned his ankle, it’s difficult to say how bad it is because I am a bit cautious, normally it’s not very bad but because of his history I’m a bit cautious. Apart from that no player I took off was injured,” Wenger said.