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Why Danny Welbeck’s move to Arsenal was the best Deadline Day deal

Sep 2, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

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Arsenal sealed an eleventh hour $26 million deal for Manchester United and England forward Danny Welbeck, which could turn out to be the best Deadline Day of them all.

Welbeck, 23, is proven at the highest level, is eager to prove doubters wrong and may have found a club which is a perfect fit for him.

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Here are four reasons why Welbeck should thrive at Arsenal and prove to be one of the best buys in recent transfer windows.

Gunners fans, get excited.

Gets to play in his preferred role as striker

Much has been made of Welbeck’s poor goalscoring stats over the past few seasons and I can see what you mean. Just one PL goal scored in 2012-13 saw Welbeck criticized but he was a key player out wide, while last season he netted 10 goals in 36 games and 12 times in 2011-12. Most of those seasons Welbeck has played second fiddle to Wayne Rooney and then Robin van Persie, but now he’s getting the chance to be the main man up top for the Gunners. For England he has scored eight goals in 26 games, including a game-winner in a crucial Euro 2012 victory against Sweden and when he is allowed to play as the high man, balls played in behind for him to run onto suit his style perfectly. One thing’s for sure, Welbeck is a handful if he’s played in the correct role and let’s not forget, United weren’t too keen to let him go. The only reason they did so was because Radamel Falcao arrived on Deadline Day.

Fits in with Wenger’s policy of buying young

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Welbeck has excelled on the biggest stage in the past. Now he must kick things up a notch.

With the addition of Welbeck on a five-year deal, Arsene Wenger now has a core of England internationals at the Emirates Stadium. Just like he had with his famous team full of French internationals Emmanuel Petit, Nicholas Anelka, Patrick Vieira , Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord back in the day, Wenger is hoping a group of players fighting for success for both club and country will knit the unit together. Right now, Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers will all be key for England and Arsenal over the next four to five years. That bond they will develop could be crucial if Welbeck is to succeed, as he already knows and has played with a large chunk of his new teammates. That will be crucial as he settles in.

Speed, power, built for counter-attacks

We have already mentioned his pace, but the power Welbeck possesses is another huge attribute. I remember Welbeck terrorizing Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu two seasons ago and scoring a stunner. Last season, also in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, he tore Bayern Munich’s defense to shreds at Old Trafford and his direct style of play links in with the way Walcott and Alexis Sanchez attack. All three spring forward in an instance and have incredible acceleration. If the Gunners can spring counter-attacks successfully this season, not many defenses will catch Welbeck, Walcott and co.

Something to prove

You could say this for most players moved on during Deadline Day, but Welbeck has to kick his career after earlier promise for United and England has diminished over the past 12 months. He has all the attributes to thrive in the PL and you don’t rise through Manchester United’s academy if you don’t have the right mentality, that’s for sure. He has to remember that this is a chance to become the main man for Arsenal and to solidify his place for England. With Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge taking his place in the starting lineup for the Three Lions, now is the time he must stand up and make this fresh start count.

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    He could end up turning his career around the way Sturrridge did. The concern of course is playing time once Giroud is fit again. Can’t see Wenger playing 2 up top to fit them both in.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Very good example. It was sink or swim time for Sturridge when he left Chelsea, look at him now.

      Hand on heart, if Welbeck hits the ground running then Giroud is his back up. Welbeck is younger and more mobile but his versatility could see him shunted out to the wing again…

      • The Kop - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Having a fit Giroud and a fit Wellbeck would be a very good problem to have, and everything after that depends upon how Wellbeck settles.

        Giroud’s injury, it should be noted, is a tricky one for a footballer. It could take more than 4 months for him to be fit enough to start again.

    • The Kop - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      My personal favorite buy of the silly season was Adam Lallana – but I may be biased. YNWA

  2. lordfletcher - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I always like Welbeck but I think its early to call any deal the best… If we are critiquing, they over paid a tad but so did everyone on DD.

    Time will tell but he has the tools to become a legit threat in this league.

  3. billleesbrain - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Gibbs? Anybody remember Kieron Gibbs? Not the author.

  4. andynormile - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    But what about the Arsenal defence. After the departure of Vermalen they now only have 6 defenders in the first team squad, with injuries and suspensions, surely not enough to challenge on four fronts.

  5. some1kj - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Wellbeck is an average C forward, he is no Cavani, no Benzema, no Falcao. He might develop into a good scorer, but Arsenal can kiss off a top 4 finish for this year, and early exit from the CL, hate saying this as I love this team.

  6. thfc54 - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Did we even put in a bid for this guy? I have no faith in our strikers against quality midfield and center backs. We still after 4 years have no one who can consistently hit the back of the net. Defoe was the last real goal scoring threat.
    So for the 3rd straight year it’s up to the attacking midfield to score from 20 yards out….great!

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