It would have seemed somewhat counter-productive if Danny Welbeck had agreed to join Arsenal without an assurance that he would operate as a central striker, given that he was rarely afforded this opportunity while a Manchester United player.
But this assumption, based both on Welbeck’s want and Arsenal’s need, has been confirmed by the club’s former vice-chairman David Dein, who appears to cite information straight from the top in Arsene Wenger himself.
The Arsenal manager has been oddly silent since the Gunners confirmed the acquisition of Welbeck on deadline day, make of that what you will, so there has been no clear indication as to how he intends to use the England international, although we have all made an educated guess.
Welbeck was given the chance to play down the centre for England against Switzerland on Monday evening and, clearly not prepared to waste it, scored both goals for his country as they recorded a much needed win.
It was a performance that impressed Dein who, as well as revealing Wenger’s intention for Welbeck, joked that the price of the former Manchester United player may well have increased following his two-goal salvo.
"It will do him the world of good," Dein said at Soccerex, as reported by Goal.com.
"It's about confidence. I know Arsene's bought him with the intention of playing him as a striker and strikers live on goals. His price has probably gone up!
"Arsene's got a lovely phrase - the only thing certain about a big signing is a big salary to go with it.
“That doesn't guarantee you the success. It's all about a team effort. You have got to get the team working together, it's about bonding.”
All eyes will turn to Welbeck when he makes his Arsenal debut this weekend, and the £16 million man could not find an opponent of more daunting proportions for his Emirates Stadium bow as champions Manchester City travel to north London.
But there may be no better time to face the frugal City defence, with Welbeck high on confidence and keen to make an immediate impact for his new club. He will surely start in the absence of Olivier Giroud.
There will, of course, be another debut of note over at Old Trafford this weekend as Radamel Falcao, a player who essentially ended Welbeck’s career with Manchester United, prepares to make his bow for the club.
Arsenal too were linked with Falcao during the summer transfer window, but it may prove that it was they who were able to conclude the best business on deadline day. It will certainly be interesting to see how this one develops.
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