The fact that Arsenal were allowed to solve our striker crisis with Danny Welbeck on transfer deadline day has not gone down well with fans of Man United, not at all. And it is not just because Danny was a local boy who had spent all his career with them since 2001, it is because they really rate Welbeck and think that he will significantly strengthen the Gunners, one of their big rivals.
And one man who knows the abilities and qualities of Arsenal’s new number 23 better than most is Rene Meulensteen. The Dutch coach joined United as youth coach in the same year as Welbeck and so has worked with him right up until he left United last summer.
The 50-year old gave his thoughts on the transfer to Sky Sports and it was good news all the way for Arsenal fans. The 50-year old believes that Welbeck’s qualities are perfect for us, while our system and style of play will really suit him.
Also Meulensteen, while saying that the 23-year old England forward is not an out and out goalscorer, reckons that there is a lot more to come from him and that he can still learn a lot. So Gooners, who would you say was the best manager in the world at turning wide forwards into successful central strikers? Just ask RvP and Thierry Henry.
And for those of you who are worried about Welbeck’s goal tally, don’t forget that van Persie at his age was not exactly prolific. It was not until his fifth season at Arsenal, when he was 25-years old, that the little boy managed to his double figures in all competitions.
So let’s hope that his former coach is right, trust in Wenger, and look forward to Arsenal and Welbeck going for glory together in the coming years.