Danny Welbeck's disastrous England first touch confirms Arsenal fans fears

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Arsenal fans weren't exactly overjoyed when it was announced that Arsene Wenger had pulled of a late £16 million swoop for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.

Some Arsenal fans thought is was a panic buy, most thought they had over paid, everyone was angry that a world class forward hadn't been secured earlier on in the window.


So it was unfortunate that when he had the chance to allay their fears when playing for the first time following his switch from Manchester United that he didn't exactly cover himself in glory.

The new Arsenal forward was a substitute in England's 1-0 friendly win over Norway at Wembley last night, and entered the fray in place of Wayne Rooney in the second half, just after his former Manchester United team-mate had scored the only goal from the penalty spot.

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After 48 hours convincing themselves that the move for Welbeck was a good idea, it didn't take long for the reality of the situation to become apparent. Trying to take his first touch as England looked to break forward against their Scandinavian opponents, the new Arsenal signing actually let the ball roll under his foot and go straight out for a throw-in.


Arsenal fans will certainly hope that's not a sign of things to come as they look to thrust themselves into the title race this season and build on their FA Cup success last season. 

They haven't got their campaign off to the best possible start however, back-to-back draws against Leicester and Everton have left them off the early pace-setters in the Premier League, while key striker Olivier Giroud has been ruled out until the new year with a broken tibia.

That means that Welbeck, who is said to be on £110,000-per-week at Arsenal, could well be picked to lead the line when the Premier League returns from the international break ahead of the likes of Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez who have been tried up front so far with mixed results.


Part of the reason for Welbeck's departure from Manchester United was because of the lack of opportunities to play at centre-forward, and he will certainly hope he has the chance to do just that at Arsenal.

However, he'll hope his touch is just a little bit better than it was against Norway last night.

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