Securing a berth in the Champions League group stage for the 17th straight year guaranteed Arsenal some extra money, and close watchers of the perennial Premier League favorite expected a strike before the deadline. But getting Danny Welbeck may have been more than most Arsenal fans dared hope for–after missing out on Radamel Falcao. Welbeck, the former Manchester United forward, says he is “excited” by Arsene Wenger’s managing style and that he’ll thrive with Arsenal’s “magnificent” midfield.
Welbeck says he’s long dreamed of lacing up the boots for Arsenal. Fighting for time and the ball against Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie may have made his stats look pale (just 29 goals for United), but it also makes the talented Welbeck hungry. He won’t have that kind of competition up front with his new ball club. Welbeck wasted no time speaking as part of his new team, saying he feels “like it’s time where we [Arsenal] could really push on and try and challenge for the Premier League title.” Asked what he brings to the team, Welbeck replied “pace and power.” Arsenal fans will enjoy that, surely.