Arsene Wenger runs rule over new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck
Manager Arsene Wenger believes that Danny Welbeck "has the qualities" to play as a striker for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger believes that Danny Welbeck “has the qualities” to play up front for Arsenal following the striker’s move from Manchester United.
The 23-year-old signed a five-year deal with the Gunners last week after he was deemed surplus to requirements at his boyhood club following the arrival of Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford.
He has the qualities to play down the middle but he is very versatile
And the Gunners boss has revealed his delight at securing the signing of the England international as he spoke to the media for the first time since the deadline-day transfer.
“Danny Welbeck is an ideal signing for us because he can play through the middle, which I think is his best position, but as well on the flanks,” said Wenger.
“His qualities are his team attitude and his pace as well. As you could see with England, his goalscoring too. When you analyse his game you think he has the qualities to play through the middle.
“He was at Man United, where he had many big stars, and he is a player who is very versatile so he had to make room sometimes for players to play through the middle.
“But if you analyse in an objective way his qualities, I think he has the perfect style to play through the middle.
“He can make himself a better player [here] because I can help him. He’s a young boy, he’s not 24 yet and let’s not forget that some players who arrived here at the age of 23 made huge careers here so I hope we can contribute and help him.”
Wenger, however, refused to reveal whether Welbeck would start Saturday’s clash against Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.
“I cannot tell you if Welbeck will start [against City] but it’s a possibility. I have to assess the squad,” he added.
“Saturday is a good opportunity to show we have grown as a team and we are ready for the fight.”