Arsenal's new £16 million striker Danny Welbeck has given his first interview after a sealing a shock deadline-day exit from Manchester United, insisting that he's ready to take the next step in his career at the Emirates and sees his long-term future as a centre-forward.
Welbeck decided that after Radamel Falcao joined United he had to look elsewhere for regular first-team football in his favoured position, despite picking up a reported salary of £105-000-a-week.
The 23-year-old thinks Arsenal is the right place to build on the raw talent he's shown in bursts at Old Trafford over the last three seasons, telling the club's official website that he thinks Arsene Wenger's commitment to combination play will suit his game perfectly.
Despite being at United since the age of 10 it's now clear that Welbeck was considering a transfer for some time, revealing that he envisaged himself in the Arsenal reaching his true potential as he weighed up the merits of a summer switch, with Everton and Tottenham Hotspur's long-term interest eventually amounting to nothing.
Man United fans were fond of the popular, hard-working forward, but he rarely got a run of games in his favoured position and is now convinced he's made the right decision to leave for the sake of his career.
Welbeck stated: "It's exciting times for me. It's great to be a part of this club and it's a team that I've always watched in the Premier League.
"I've envisaged myself playing in this team before. For it to finally happen is very exciting.
"I believe the style of play the manager's got and the boys play and with the magnificent players in midfield slotting balls through, I can run on to the end of those balls and slot them away."
Arsenal need fifth signing to find form quickly
Welbeck's interest in all things Arsenal will no doubt hearten Gunners fans, particularly those sceptical that the England international may not posses the clinical touch they so desperately need in the final third.
Arsenal can ill afford for the energetic, pacy young forward to take his time to find form at the Emirates though, particularly when you look at their run of fixtures after the international break.
With Olivier Giroud out until Christmas and Yaya Sanogo failing to convince as a replacement Welbeck could well be thrown in for his debut next weekend, against defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
Four days later Arsenal are in Champions League action against Borussia Dortmund, so the pressure will be almost instant for a player who in fairness has plenty of experience of playing at the highest level for club and country.
The pressure to deliver will be instant but Wenger is clearly confident that Welbeck can deliver, an optimism that the striker shares after a whirlwind 48 hours that has seen Arsenal gamble on a promising but far from prolific Man United academy graduate, but will it pay off.
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