A year ago, Arsenal supporters were sent into delirium as the club performed a notable transfer coup by signing the coveted Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in a record deal.
But it’s fair to say that his deadline day successor, Danny Welbeck, arrived to a somewhat more mixed response.
With Arsenal in clear need of goalscoring reinforcements following the long-term injury sustained by leading marksman Olivier Giroud, the club moved late for Welbeck after it became clear he had no future at Manchester United.
While Manchester United pursued a deal of far greater significane in Radamel Falcao, a player also linked with Arsenal, Arsene Wenger recruited a forward deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford for a fee of £16 million.
It is hardly the marquee acquisition Arsenal supporters had hoped for following Giroud’s tibia fracture, and one that was made to look rather more underwhelming given that one of their closest rivals themselves recruited a striker right from the top drawer.
But while some Gunners have not exactly warmed to Welbeck, others believe him to be a signing of great potential - while he at least has the prominent backing of the club’s record signing to hit the goal trail for his new club.
Ozil tweeted: “I’m glad to welcome you, Danny! wish you as much goals as possible! #WelcomeWelbeck #NewStriker #No23 #COYG.”
Ozil himself understands the pressure that comes with making a move of note to the Emirates Stadium, with the Germany international still yet to consistently hit his straps since joining from Real Madrid.
Chance to shine
How Arsenal supporters would love to see both he and Welbeck work in unison after the international break. In Ozil, Welbeck will have one of the game’s premier assisters beside him, and this will be his greatest opportunity yet to forge a reputation as a genuine goalscorer.
Nine goals in 25 Premier League appearances last season, of which 15 were starts, represents an encouraging statistic and, aged only 23, Welbeck clearly has his best years ahead of him.
Welbeck need only look to England teammate Daniel Sturridge to see how a move to gain regular football can be supremely beneficial, and Arsenal may accept from their new signing a return even half as good the Liverpool striker has produced since his move to Anfield.
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