Danny Welbeck has been ruled out of Arsenal’s trip to Manchester UnitedThe Gunners go head to head with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday in a race for automatic Champions League qualification.
Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala have analysed Welbeck's stats from both last season at Manchester United and this season at Arsenal and on the surface, it appears that Arsenal will benefit from him being unavailable.
The 24-year-old has played 25 Premier League games for Arsenal this season, the same amount of appearances in the league as he clocked up last season for Manchester United.
However, Welbeck has only managed four goals this term, a rate of a goal every 419 minutes. In comparison, his nine goals last season took him 162 minutes to net each one. A big drop from a forward that was already carrying a stigma of not scoring enough goals.
Furthermore, Welbeck's nine goals in the Premier League for Manchester United last season came from just 46 shots, a more than respectable strike-rate of 20%. Since his move to Arsenal that has fallen dramatically to a strike-rate of just 7% after his four goals have come from a total of 58 shots.
Welbeck's shot accuracy has not been affected since his move last summer, 53% for both United and Arsenal. But the forward's passing has taken a dip. Welbeck has gone from an excellent 87% pass completion last season at Manchester United, to an unimpressive 72% during his time at Arsenal.
Despite scoring the winner in Arsenal's 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in the FA Cup in March, the stats suggest that Manchester United had nothing to fear from their ex-player as they look to leap-frog Arsenal in their bid to qualify for the Champions League automatically.