Welbeck excited by Arsenal move

New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck claims he envisaged himself playing in Arsene Wenger's side long before he signed on deadline day.

Last Updated: 03/09/14 at 14:08 Post Comment

Danny Welbeck: Relishing his move to Arsenal

Danny Welbeck: Relishing his move to Arsenal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 23-year-old was with Manchester United's academy from the age of eight, having been born in the city, but that did not stop him thinking about considering what it would be like to play the Arsenal way.

Welbeck completed a £16million move to the Gunners late on Monday after United's acquisition of Radamel Falcao pushed him further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

"It's exciting times for me. It's great to be a part of this club and it's a team that I've always watched in the Premier League," he said.

"I've envisaged myself playing in this team before. For it to finally happen is very exciting.

"I've been at United ever since I was a little boy and I had a great time there.

"I just think this is the next stage of my development - to come to Arsenal, to really show people what I can do as a footballer and hopefully get to the place where I want to be.

"Things move on in life and I think you've really got to make the right decision in the situation that you're in at that moment in time.

"I really do believe that coming to Arsenal is the right decision.

"They've done well in recent years and last year we got the FA Cup and I feel like it's time where we could really push on and try to challenge for the Premier League title.

"I've got one medal and it's something that I really want to add to."

Welbeck scored 29 goals in 142 appearances for United and believes he will get plenty of chances to improve his record playing for Arsenal.

"I believe the style of play the manager's got and the boys play - and with the magnificent players in midfield slotting balls through I can run on to the end of those balls and slot them away," he told Arsenal TV.

"I'd like to bring pace and power to the game. At Arsenal, we're not short of combination football and I like to join in on that and get in behind defenders and try to get shots off at goal.

"I want to score some goals and help the team to achieve the right results."

Deadline day turned into a fraught one for the England international with no-one quite sure whether the move would go through and Arsenal did not announce the deal had been completed until two hours after the deadline had passed.

"It went right down to the wire in the end," said Welbeck.

"It's difficult to say how I felt at the (different) times of each day because the deal was on and then it was off but at the end of the day I'm an Arsenal player and I couldn't be any happier at the moment."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0: Gunners win Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger finally beating Jose Mourinho.

Angel Di Maria poised for medical ahead of move to PSG

Angel Di Maria is set to undergo a medical with Paris Saint-Germain in Doha on Monday ahead of a proposed £44m move from Manchester United.

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company