Danny Welbeck made the shock switch from Manchester United to rivals Arsenal in the summer, and the striker believes his new club has boosted his all-round game.
The England international had been with the Red Devils since the tender age of eight, but never truly reached his potential at Old Trafford – and left behind the club in a £16m deal to the Emirates on last summer’s deadline day.
Welbeck has netted eight times and registered eight assists in 34 appearances under Arsene Wenger in his first season, including a Champions League hat-trick against Galatasary, and despite admitting that he isn’t happy by his statistics, he claims that he has hugely developed as a player following the move.
“It’s been transitional for me, moving down to London, playing in a new system for a new manager and a new team, getting used to new things around the club,” as quoted by the Daily Star.
“I’m happy about the move to Arsenal and I think things will go well for me in the future. It’s a good group of lads and everyone’s been class with me since the day I arrived,” the forward continued.
“It’s not just my team-mates, it’s the staff around the training ground, at the stadium – everyone’s made me feel welcome. The fans have been brilliant as well so they’ve made it very easy for me.
“It’s not just one thing [that has improved]. My all-round game, getting used to the different systems and different players means you learn a lot more, gather more experience and you just develop naturally.”
The 24-year-old started on the bench in Sunday afternoon’s goalless draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea, replacing Francis Coquelin in the second half, and the performance led Gunners legend Thierry Henry (via the Daily Mail) to comment on the reinforcements that Arsenal need throughout the team in order to mount a serious title challenge.