Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger only made the move to sign Danny Welbeck after being convinced by Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta, according to the Daily Star.
The publication claims to have knowledge that the Gunners pair, who are both senior figures at the Emirates Stadium, spoke to Wenger in an effort to get him to land Welbeck, once they found out he was available for transfer.
In a fairly far-fetched tale of events both Mertesacker and Arteta are said to have campaigned for Welbeck’s purchase after learning that he was close to moving to Tottenham.
It’s said the Arsenal pair met the then-Manchester United forward in the gym at their Hertfordshire training ground, where he was training with England ahead of their Wembley showdown with Norway, and were suitably satisfied that their club could land him with a late bid.
The talk with Wenger
They then took the information to Wenger, who was at the time looking for a new frontman to bolster his options following the injury sustained by Olivier Giroud. After stating their case to their manager, who was in Rome to referee a charity match on transfer deadline-day, Wenger submitted an offer for Welbeck, which was of course accepted.
The same report even goes as far as to speculated that had it not been for the actions of Arteta or Mertesacker, Welbeck would likely not be gearing up to play for Arsenal this weekend. The Gunners take on Manchester City in what will be an important clash with regards to their title ambitions, and fans will be hoping that their newest addition can hit the ground running.
Welbeck the striker
Despite having been forced out wide for the majority of his United career, mostly to accommodate for the services of Wayne Rooney and Co, the 23-year-old is a striker by trade and has an international goal record which isn’t to be sneered at.
Whilst he’s never been overly prolific Welbeck has the pace to get in behind defences, and many are now tipping him to thrive off of the service provided by the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla.
The City clash
Meanwhile it’s good news for the Emirates faithful on the Aaron Ramsey front, with the Wales international confident of making a recovery in time for Saturday’s crunch clash. The young midfielder limped off during the 2-1 victory Wales secured against Andorra, and there were initial fears that an ankle complaint could keep him sidelined for a week or so.
However the playmaker has spoken optimistically about his chances of playing this weekend, and Wenger will definitely be looking to include him if he can.