Danny Welbeck: 'I prefer to play as a No. 9'

Welbeck: 'I want to play as a No. 9'
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New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck admits that he prefers to play as a 'number nine' and reveals that this was one of his reasons for leaving Manchester United.

New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has said that his preferred position is playing as a central striker.

The 23-year-old often saw his appearances limited to left-wing roles at Manchester United, which he has admitted was a deciding factor in his deadline-day move to rivals Arsenal.

With Daniel Sturridge ruled out of England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Monday, Welbeck may be given a central role for the national side, and he gave an unequivocal answer when quizzed about his preferred position.

"I prefer nine," he told the Independent. "I have answered this question a lot. It's up to the manager. Monday is an opportunity. Every time you get on the pitch it is an opportunity to show what you can do.

"I've never had a constant run in the team at No 9 but I have faith in my ability. If I get my opportunity to do what I know I can do then great, but I'll keep working hard.

"When I've played for England I've probably been further up the pitch but I wouldn't say I have typically played better for England. I play the same way. I give 100 per cent."

Welbeck has scored eight goals in 27 England appearances.

Wayne Rooney of England celebrates scoring the first goal with Danny Welbeck of England during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on October 11, 2013
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