Arsenal's new £16 million man Danny Welbeck has shared that despite being a boyhood Manchester United he always idolised Gunners legend Thierry Henry as a kid, with the chance to emulate the French legend a motivation behind a surprising deadline-day exit from Manchester United.
Welbeck also mentioned Red Devils royalty Ryan Giggs as another hero in his youth, but the esteem in which he held Henry is a good demonstration to Arsenal fans that he has an understanding of the pressure that will come with playing for the Gunners moving forward.
Arsenal need Welbeck to hit the ground running while Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott remain sidelined, but the 23-year-old is clearly highly motivated to make sure his switch to London is the right move for a forward with bags of potential if played in his preferred central position.
Henry the hero to another Premier League star
In the second part of his maiden interview as an Arsenal player Welbeck told the club's official website: "I loved watching Thierry Henry since I was a little kid.
"My two idols are Ryan Giggs and Thierry Henry so to come to the club where he was and had so much success at is something you can look up to and try to stamp your own print on the club.
"I just want them (the fans) to know that I will give 100 per cent in every single game. I play with my heart on my sleeve and I'm always going to give my best. I'll try to give them so many happy days in the coming future."
Arsenal fans would probably settle for a double-figure goal return from Welbeck in his first season at the Emirates, so the comparisons to their all time record scorer Henry will probably not be coming thick and fast.
Henry smashed home a whopping 226 goals during his glittering eight season stay in North London, and how Gunners fans would love a forward as clinical as the man with a statue outside the Emirates on their books this season.
Giroud's broken foot has presented Gunners boss Arsene Wenger with a problem he clearly thinks Welbeck can help to solve, although a tough run of fixtures will quickly test that opinion.
Welbeck walked away from a reported £105,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford to find a fresh challenge, and his Arsenal adventure promises to be a test to say the very least.
Little time for adjustment
Welbeck could well make his debut against defending champions Manchester City at the Emirates next Saturday, with a trip to Borussia Dortmund in Arsenal's Champions League opener to follow four days later.
Capital clashes with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea also follow in the next month, so Welbeck will have to find an understanding with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and co. quickly to show he has what it takes to succeed as the main man at a top Premier League club.
Attitude and application are two qualities Welbeck has in spades though, so at the very least Arsenal fans can expect full commitment from a forward who was shown the door by Man United despite spending 13 long years honing his skills with the club he loved as a child.
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