Jurgen Klopp praises Danny Welbeck & Alexis Sanchez transfers

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Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck, and believes the striker's pace will be difficult to deal with when the two teams meet in the Champions League this week.

The £16 million man made his debut against Manchester City on Saturday, and while he spurned a golden chance to open his account he's likely to lead the line once more on Tuesday.

There were more than a few raised eyebrows as Welbeck was allowed to leave Manchester United on deadline day, and he almost had the perfect response to Louis van Gaal who suggested that he wasn't good enough to play at Old Trafford this week, when he ran clear through in the first half against City. However he's chipped effort clipped the post instead of finding the back of the net.

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Despite that he showed plenty of glimpses of his potential, and Klopp believes he will be a handful when the teams meet tomorrow. He was also quick to praise Alexis Sanchez who arrived in north London from Barcelona for around £32 million.

He told the Evening Standard: "They have signed two outstanding players in Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, who will give them even more pace. I’m expecting the Gunners to try and utilise this on Tuesday. But first and foremost, both teams will have to be fully focused and defend well."

Defensive crisis

The Gunners will go into that game against Borussia Dortmund with something of a defensive crisis on their hands. Full-back Mathieu Debuchy has been ruled out for at least two months with an ankle injury he sustained in the 2-2 draw with City.

Nacho Monreal hasn't travelled with his Arsenal team-mates, while Calum Chambers missed training this morning and Keiran Gibbs is on his way back from injury. Reports this morning suggest Arsene Wenger may be forced to draft in a free transfer to act as cover in the Frenchman's absence.


Arsene Wenger has moved to defend Mesut Ozil after his lacklustre performance on Saturday. Wenger insists that the German ace put in a good performance for his team and is ready to shine against Dortmund.

Ozil has had a slow start to the season after his exertions at the World Cup and was forced to play out of position against Manchester City.

Wenger, who also defended Jack Wilshere following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, slammed Ozil’s critics, urging those who have a negative view of the player to watch the game again.

“People always have this kind of attitude about him,” the Arsenal boss said. “He worked hard against City and he played quite well.

“You see a good Ozil when you watch the game again. Then you realise his timing, his quality of the pass and something you can be frustrated during the game but you must not overreact.

“When you watch the game in a cool manner, you see what a good player he is. I have so many offensive players. I give him freedom to play outside and inside and he likes that.

“It is not easy but Ozil is a team player and he takes it very well.”

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