The Gunners wrapped up a £16 million deal to bring the promising English striker to Emirates Stadium from Manchester United on transfer deadline day last week. The 23 year old celebrated his switch to north London by scoring both goals in England’s 2-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday night.
The former Gunners midfielder believes Wenger will be able to get the very best out of the young striker in the coming future.
According to the Metro, he said:
I’m delighted he’s signed for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger’s track record with young players is strong. Look at Henry – when he came to Arsenal he was rough around the edges and was playing on the wing, like Welbeck.
It took Henry time but Wenger polished him into a fine finisher and he can do the same with Welbeck.
Welbeck is quick and will bring an energy and dynamism that the Gunners have recently been lacking in the final third. His hold-up play and runs in behind should cause the Manchester City defence problems tomorrow, and his pace will add another dimension to the Arsenal attack. His non-stop work rate will also help on the defensive side of things especially in the absence of Giroud who contributed at both ends of the pitch.
His goal scoring record might not sound the most enticing, but when considering the large number of substitute appearances he made over his United career, as well as the amount of time exiled to the left wing, the numbers are justified.
His signing should also get the best out of Mesut Ozil, who needs quick players breaking ahead of him for his through balls to be truly effective and if opposing defences sit deep to guard against those runners, there should be more space for the Gunners midfield passers to spin their filigree webs. However the 23-year-old has a long road ahead of him before the Englishman can even dream of matching the greatness Henry achieved with the North London club.
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