Manager Arsene Wenger says Arsenal “have to be patient” with new signing Danny Welbeck after his miss against Borussia Dortmund.
The 23-year-old England forward –
who signed from Manchester United earlier this month
– fired wide after being put clean through when the Champions League game was goalless in Germany.
Dortmund went on to win the
Group D game 2-0
at Signal Iduna Park.
“Danny will improve, we don’t have to make a problem of that,” said Wenger.
Former Arsenal striker John Hartson on BBC Radio 5 live:
“Arsenal papered over the cracks last season, winning the FA Cup and just sneaking into the top four. Their performances against the big teams in the last few years have been unacceptable. They could have conceded five or six against Dortmund. Without overreacting, it was a really woeful defensive performance from Arsenal.”
Welbeck scored both goals as England defeated
Switzerland 2-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier
on 8 September.
But Arsenal’s £16m transfer deadline signing has not found the net at club level since scoring for Manchester United in a 3-0 win at West Brom on 8 March.
“He had a very lively first-half,” said Wenger following the defeat in Germany.
“He had two or three good chances but couldn’t finish them. There was one obvious one. We have to be patient with him.”
Wenger refused to blame individuals for Arsenal’s poor display in Dortmund.
“It’s very difficult to go into any individual assessment of any player because as a team we were not at the requested level,” added the Frenchman.
Wenger said midfielder Jack Wilshere “turned an ankle” towards the end but finished the game.
“It’s difficult to say how bad it is,” added the Gunners boss. “But because of his history I’m a bit cautious.”
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