Arsenal have officially signed Danny Welbeck on transfer deadline day as the striker joined Arsenal from Manchester United for a fee of £16 million.
The move has already proven to be controversial in the minds of the fans, despite its necessity. The Gunners were hoping that the singing of a world-class striker would come their way this year, with names like Edison Cavani and Radamel Falcao on Wenger's supposed short list.
However, the fans have been left with the singing of a below-par performing Welbeck who Van Gaal was actively looking to remove from his squad.
The Dutchman's behaviour seems to suggest that the new Arsenal striker was not of Manchester stock, which begs the question; why did Arsene want him?
Arsenal getting desperate
Three hours to go before the end of the transfer window, Giroud is out until January, Sanogo hasn’t scored in the Premiere league, Sanchez performs better as a winger…If you have no time and no options, why not go for the man already in London?
Welbeck was set for a medical at Tottenham Hotspur when he received an offer from Arsenal, one that Welbeck considered a step up both in terms of skill and pay. So, although he will never live up the reputations of the players Arsenal fans dreamt of, will he measure up at the Emirates Stadium at all?
First of all is the fact that he is now the only player in the entire Arsenal squad who has won the Premier League, a invaluable piece of experience in the eyes of Wenger. However, the 23-year-old has only scored 29 times in 142 appearances for his former club in all competitions since 2011.
This is not an attractive prospect for Arsenal fans when even Giroud, who isn’t valued very highly in their eyes, can score 20 in a season.
Can Welbeck be great?
However, Welbeck is an England international whose goal scoring record is considerably better (8 in 26).
The one thing that could console an Arsenal fan at this time of the year is that Welbeck, although built like Arsenal flop Emmanuel Adebayor, bases his playing style on Arsenal legend and his personal hero; Thierry Henry.
Perhaps Wenger has a few surprises in store with this purchase; maybe we have the next Henry, who flourished under the French manager.
We can only wait and hope.
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