Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has revealed that he idolised Thierry Henry as a youngster, despite growing up through the ranks at Manchester United during a time when the rivalry between the two clubs was fierce, he told Arsenal Player.
Welbeck joined us on deadline day of last summer and has endured a satisfactory debut campaign for us after being troubled by various niggling injuries.
As a player who longs for a future as a central striker, Welbeck couldn’t help but idolise one of the best forwards to ever play the game.
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“It was hard because I was a United fan and we were playing against Arsenal, but it’s hard not to like Thierry Henry,” the 24-year-old told our in-house media channel.
“That’s what was so special about him – fans from other teams had to love him because he was that good.”
After Welbeck swept home his first career hat-trick against Galatasaray last season, it seemed as though a flash of Henry’s ghost was marauding around the Emirates turf.
Sadly, the England international failed to replicate those moments throughout the campaign, with the form of Olivier Giroud restricting him to a supporting role on the wing.
Welbeck, despite arriving last summer, may be at a crossroads in his Arsenal career and a solid pre-season could be vital if he’s to prevent Arsene Wenger from delving into the transfer market for an elite centre-forward.