Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has insisted that Arsenal fans should be delighted about the £16m deadline-day deal which saw them sign Danny Welbeck, backing his former club colleague to prove he has all the attributes of a top striker with the Gunners.
Welbeck's switch from Old Trafford to the Emirates took fans and analysts alike completely by surprise, particularly as the United academy graduate has been associated with the Red Devils from the age of eight.
United boss Louis van Gaal decided that there was no room for Welbeck in a squad containing Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, but Rooney has conceded he believes their loss will be Arsenal's long-term gain.
Rooney expects Welbeck to shine
Ahead of England's European Championship qualifier with San Marino the Red Devils skipper was asked about his international partner and gave him a glowing reference.
Rooney told The Express: "Daniel's a fantastic footballer, I think sometimes he doesn't get the credit he deserves for his footballing ability.
"Obviously he's quick and athletic and can score different type of goals, actually as a footballer he's very intelligent.
"You'll start to see that the more he plays for Arsenal week in week out, he'll prove what a good footballer he is, and for England."
England double-header offers chance to continue fine form
Arsenal fans have already had a glimpse of Welbeck's raw potential and must have been impressed with his home Champions League bow, with the £105,000-a-week star scoring his maiden senior hat-trick against Galatasaray in a 4-1 Gunners win.
The 23-year-old has notched four goals in six games for the Gunners and has a chance to maintain that encouraging form against weak international opposition, with England taking on San Marino at Wembley before a more testing clash with Estonia on Sunday.
Rooney should start alongside Welbeck tonight with Daniel Sturridge out injured, but their partnership is now restricted to Three Lions duty despite the England captain's clear admiration for a United academy graduate who is determined to move on and prove Van Gaal wrong.
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