New signing idolises Arsenal legend.
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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has revealed his two main idols upon joining the club from Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Although the 23-year-old England international grew up in Manchester and has had a long career at Old Trafford up until his deadline day move to north London this summer, he says he ranks Arsenal legend Thierry Henry alongside United great Ryan Giggs as his two main footballing idols.
Welbeck has been full of praise for the Gunners since making the somewhat surprise move to the Emirates Stadium from rivals United, and he continued to warm himself to the club’s fans by giving a glowing account of their history and stating his admiration for arguably their greatest ever player.
“I loved watching Thierry Henry since I was a little kid,” he said. “My two idols are Ryan Giggs and Thierry Henry so to come to the club where he was and had so much success at is something you can look up to and try to stamp your own print on the club.
“I know a lot about Arsenal. I don’t think there are many people in England who won’t know about Arsenal and what a big club this is. The stadium is fantastic and [the team] has got a legendary manager and magnificent players who have also been brought in.”
Welbeck added that he has met some of his new team-mates during international duty with the England national side, and he says he has enjoyed hearing even more positive things about life at the club.
“I met Calum Chambers for the first time [on Monday],” he explained. “All they have said to me are good words about the club and how big the family is in and around the training ground. It seems like a family club and that’s something that’s really enticing. I’m so glad to be here.”
The former Red Devil joins a growing English contingent at Arsenal, alongside his international colleages Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.
Welbeck feels that knowing so many of the current Arsenal squad well will help him settle and benefit the team in general.
“It’s going to be a massive positive for us,” he said. “We’ll be seeing each other every single day and you obviously develop a much better understanding if you’re working with one another on a consistent basis.”