Arsenal bought Danny Welbeck to be a striker, says ex-Gunners chief

David Dein says that Arsene Wenger plans to play Danny Welbeck as a striker at Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

David Dein says that Arsene Wenger plans to play Danny Welbeck as a striker at Arsenal.

The 23-year-old signed a five-year deal with the Gunners last week after leaving Manchester United in a £16m deal.

Arsene’s bought him with the intention of playing him as a striker

David Dein

Welbeck scored both goals as England sealed a 2-0 win over Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday night.

But after previously having featured out wide for United, former Arsenal vice-chairman Dein is expecting to see Welbeck deployed as a central striker.

“It will do him the world of good,” Dein said at the Soccerex conference in Manchester.

“It’s about confidence. I know Arsene’s bought him with the intention of playing him as a striker and strikers live on goals. His price has probably gone up!

“Arsene’s got a lovely phrase – the only thing certain about a big signing is a big salary to go with it. That doesn’t guarantee you the success. It’s all about a team effort. You have got to get the team working together, it’s about bonding.

“But [Wenger’s] so focused, so determined and he’s still got the fire in his belly, he’s a natural winner. He’s got a decent squad there now.

“One would expect they finish in the Champions League positions but it’s not guaranteed. Everybody wants the same thing today. Every club wants to win the league.”

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