Danny Welbeck takes part in first Arsenal training session following £16million switch from Manchester United
Danny Welbeck joined his Arsenal team-mates on Thursday for the first time since his £16million move from Manchester United as Arsene Wenger’s side trained at London Colney.
Arsenal face Manchester City on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates after an international break that saw Welbeck take the plaudits for England’s 2-0 win in Switzerland.
Welbeck scored twice for Roy Hodgson’s side in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Basle, giving hope to Gunners fans that he will be the man to lead the line with Olivier Giroud out injured.
Wenger confirmed his initial priority was to secure a season-long loan with an agreement to buy next summer. That position is understood to have shifted when United insisted on a permanent transfer, with Tottenham also in discussions to sign the England striker.
When asked if a loan move had been his primary intention, Wenger said: ‘With an option to buy, yes.’
Having spent his time at Old Trafford fluctuating between his preferred central role and positions put wide, Welbeck is now set to be played through the middle at Arsenal.
Wenger said: ‘He arrived on Wednesday and he’s happy and confident of course because he scored two goals for England in a very important game and that can only boost his confidence.
'Welbeck is young, strong and a great finisher. He can improve here.
‘When you analyse his game you think he has the qualities to play through the middle. At Manchester United, where you had many big stars, and he is a player who is very versatile, he had to make room sometimes for players to play through the middle.
It seems the 23-year-old has bedded in well with his new pals, pictured having a laugh and putting his arm around England team-mate Jack Wilshere.
Welbeck should start against Manchester City for the vital Premier League clash, with Arsenal looking to start their season off well against the top four having stumbled against the big boys in previous years.
Wenger revealed his deadline-day preference had been to sign Welbeck on loan rather than a permanent deal.
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