Updates from Thursday, Sept. 11
Wenger: "I cannot tell you if Welbeck will start [against City] but it's a possibility. I have to assess the squad" #AFCvMCFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 11, 2014
Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph provided an additional statement from Wenger discussing the transfer of Welbeck:
Wenger had not expected to sign Welbeck until early on deadline day and had initially only thought it would be on loan with the option of a permanent deal.
'I thought when they bought Falcao they had to let somebody go,' said Wenger. 'I was not aware of the start that he would be available, it was quick, but I had no hesitation to do it.'
'At start of day, he was only available on loan. At the end of the day, I agreed.
If I had not travelled that day, Welbeck would not be here. The coincidence made it. If I stayed in my home, Welbeck would not be here. I will tell you that story one day. That is the truth. We are in 2014, you can always be in touch.'
Arsenal have announced the deadline-day signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United.
The club confirmed the transfer on their official Twitter account:
"Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Danny to the club and looks forward to his contribution in an Arsenal shirt this season," a club statement read, via BBC.com.
Yahoo! Sports' Tom Adams provided his assessment of the move:
Arsenal can be very pleased with Welbeck. A talented player with his best years ahead of him, and it could have been much worse.— Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) September 2, 2014
The England international joins up with Arsene Wenger’s side having scored 29 goals for the Red Devils, and he’ll be delighted to move to a club where his playing opportunities are set to improve dramatically on the minutes afforded to him at Old Trafford.
Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil were certainly delighted with the deal, which sees Welbeck wear the No. 23 shirt:
At just 23 years old, there is still plenty of time for Welbeck to make good on the undeniable potential he showcased from an early age. He burst onto the scene at United as a 17-year-old, scoring a stunning goal against Stoke City during his first Premier League game.
Loan spells at Preston North End and Sunderland followed that blistering introduction, and Welbeck flourished as the front man during his time up on Wearside, suggesting he could return to United and potentially play a major part.
But he’s failed to nail down a regular spot in the Red Devils first team and was reportedly told that he was surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal earlier in the window, per Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
When pressed on the player's future earlier in the window, the Dutchman wouldn't rule out a sale, insisting that the pair had shared a conversation, but the details of which were to remain confidential, per Sean Mullan of ManUtd.com:
I know what I have said to Danny and Danny knows exactly what I said to him. I think the media is guessing – they were not in the room.
I won't speak about it. That is private. I assume Danny is not saying anything about our conversation
Here's how Welbeck fared last season compared to United's other forward options, courtesy of Squawka:
For Arsenal, Welbeck could potentially be a fine acquisition. If he’s played through the middle—a position where he seems to be at his most effective—he could potentially flourish with the Gunners.
Welbeck now has an opportunity to make a name for himself after being a key figure for Roy Hodgson’s England setup, despite his lack of action at club level,.
It is to Welbeck's credit that he has left his dream club to further his career, and both player and club might benefit from his move.