Theo Walcott has aimed a sly dig at Manchester United by claiming that Arsenal will be able to get more out of striker Danny Welbeck than his previous employers.
Welbeck completed his switch to north London in a deal worth £16 million on deadline day, and is set to make his debut for the Gunners against Manchester City this weekend.
Walcott, who won't play in that game because of injury, believes his new team-mate will flourish because he'll be given more chances to play in his favoured forward role.
The England international spent much of his time at Manchester United either on the wing or on the bench, but will be given the chance to show what he can do at the Emirates Stadium.
“He’s going to be better for us than he was at Man United, definitely,” said Walcott. “He’ll get more opportunities and he’s got a point to prove. I know he’s worked hard and he’s still very young, and I think the boss will enjoy working with him. The fans definitely will - he’s very exciting and he’s very strong.
“One thing I would tell him to do is be a little more selfish because he’s unselfish at times, which isn’t a bad thing but I think he’ll get more goals if he’s more selfish. I’m sure he’ll do well for us.”
Boss Arsene Wenger has shed some light on Welbeck's late move, and admitted that he only wanted to take the striker on loan initially. However his hand was forced by interest from elsewhere and the Frenchman insists he's 'happy' to have him on board permanently.
Wenger was also keen to dismiss criticism that he spent deadline day away at a charity football match, insisting that Welbeck wouldn't be an Arsenal player if he hadn't been in Rome for the event.
“If I had not been away on deadline day, Welbeck would not have signed. That’s the truth,” he said. “It was quick because it was the last day of the transfer window but I had no hesitation to do it.
He added when quizzed if he wanted to take the Manchester United ace on loan: "With an option to buy yes. In the end, when it was a permanent transfer or loan with an option to buy, I was happy to buy permanently.
“At start of day, he was only available on loan. At the end of the day, I agreed.”
Ahead of their key clash against Manchester City, Arsene Wenger has plenty to worry about, with Aaron Ramsey facing a race to be fit in time. The midfielder picked up an ankle knock during the international break. Mesut Ozil also returned from international duty with an injury but has been cleared to play, as has Keiran Gibbs.
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