Welbeck claims he is fulfilling a dream after completing Arsenal switch

first_img Danny Welbeck trains with England 1 New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck claims he is fulfilling a dream by playing for Arsene Wenger’s side.The 23-year-old sealed a £16million switch to the Emirates on transfer deadline day, having been at Manchester United’s academy from the age of eight.But the England forward insists he thought about playing for the Gunners, long before his move south on Monday.“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.”last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 4

first_img 10 10 After a tough international break, Fantasy Premier League is back – thank the footballing gods.The transfer window has closed in that time, meaning plenty of new stars are in the game, but we’d hold off on signing any of them just yet.There are injuries and suspensions though which will make you pause for thought as you attempt to name your team.You may notice in this article we don’t suggest dropping Sergio Aguero – instead, check out our article on the replacements you could bring in for the City striker, here: tlks.pt/AgueroReplacementsSo, what transfers should you be making in gameweek 4?Click the right arrow above to find out… 10 10 10 In: Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – £6.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Sergio Aguero is out for the next three games. The Nigerian will replace him and given his exceptional minutes per goal ratio we’re backing him to bag a few strikes. Out: Odion Ighalo (Watford) – £7.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Hornets striker looks off form, we recommend ditching him until he gets back on the scoresheet. Out: Danny Rose (Tottenham) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The left-back grabbed the equaliser against Liverpool prior to the international break, but now misses at least one Premier League game due to a hamstring injury. 10 10 Out: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £11.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – After his exertions in South America with Chile, he’s likely to miss the match with Southampton so he’s fresh to face Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. 10 Out: Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke) – £6.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – It shouldn’t be surprising the Swiss man has a calf problem, his leg muscles are the size of a small country. Around 5.9 per cent of bosses have him in their team but you can do better. In: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £9.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Arsenal are about to head into a run of games where they’re likely, if you believe the FPL’s Fixture Difficulty Rating, to get some really good results in the next seven matches. Ozil’s form will be key. In: Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) – £6.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Crystal Palace have had a tough start but now are heading into an easier run of fixtures. Townsend is already averaging four shots a game – the same as Zlatan Ibrahimovic – so one or two are sure to fly in sooner rather than later. 10 10 In: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – £9.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – He’s back. The Hammers’ star man got game time for France over the last week and nearly assisted Paul Pogba. Slaven Bilic’s men have some decent matches coming up too. In: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As with Ozil, the Gunners have a really nice fixture list coming up. We reckon a few clean sheets are on the horizon. Out: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) – £9.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Armenian hasn’t had much of a look in so far this season and took a bit of a knock on international duty. He’s likely to feature as a substitute, if he plays at all. last_img read more