From an initial reaction that was less than enthusiastic from Arsenal fans on transfer deadline day, the signing of Danny Welbeck has been taken in an increasingly positive and hopeful way by Gooners and the media alike. Many pundits have spoken about how well they think the club and player are a good match and Welbeck’s own words have been good to hear.
From his initial statement about how he had previously pictured himself playing for Arsenal, Welbeck has had some very nice things to say about the club, Arsene Wenger and his new team mates. And he continues in the same vein in the second part of his interview released by Arsenal.com. The 23-year old has revealed that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, with Ryan Giggs, was one of his two football heroes growing up and about his hopes of following in the French forward’s footsteps.
Welbeck also spoke about the core of English players at the club and his hopes that his arrival will be smoothed by having already trained and played with the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs before. This should hopefully make his transition from United to Arsenal a lot easier. But the best thing he said, in my opinion, was the message to us fans.
Danny declared, “I just want them to know that I will give 100 per cent in every single game. I play with my heart on my sleeve and I’m always going to give my best. I’ll try to give them so many happy days in the coming future.”
We want players with ability, of course, but that sort of determination and attitude can be just as important and is what the fans want from their heroes. Welcome Danny and if you keep that promise, we will always support you!