Sep 04, 2014

    Welbeck eager to prove his worth


    NEW Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is determined to prove that he is worth the £16 million (S$26.36 million) the English Premier League club spent on the transfer deadline day to sign him from Manchester United.

    Some Arsenal fans have voiced doubts about his signing on social media.

    Welbeck was one of the players singled out for criticism after England's dismal World Cup campaign in Brazil, but the 23-year-old is defiant.

    "This is the next stage of my development - to come to Arsenal - to show people what I can do as a footballer and hopefully get to the place where I want to be," he told

    "I've been at United ever since I was a little boy and I had a great time there. Coming to Arsenal is the right decision. I can't be any happier."

    Welbeck became surplus to requirements at Old Trafford as new manager Louis van Gaal brought in Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco, but the England international said Arsenal would suit him.

    "I believe the style of play the manager has and the way the boys play - with the magnificent players in midfield slotting balls through, I can run onto the end of those balls and slot them away," he said.

    "These are exciting times for me."

    Welbeck's move was given enthusiastic backing by former United star Rio Ferdinand.

    "Welbeck is a top signing for Arsenal. Good business done by them. If he gets that trust to be No. 1 striker at AFC he will flourish & explode," said Ferdinand on Twitter.

    The 35-year-old defender moved to Queen's Park Rangers in July, after 12 years at Old Trafford.

    However, another United legend, David Beckham, lamented Welbeck's departure, saying: "To see him leave Manchester United, as a Manchester United fan, is obviously sad...He has been there since he was eight. His heart was in Manchester."

    Currently on international duty with England, who faced Norway in a friendly last night, Welbeck will join his new teammates to prepare for the league match at home to Manchester City on Sept 13.