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David Dein: Arsenal New Boy Danny Welbeck Will Play As Centre Forward

Danny Welbeck has been brought to Arsenal as an out-and-out centre forward…

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein is convinced that new £16m purchase Danny Welbeck has been signed by Arsene Wenger to play as a centre forward.

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Welbeck, who joined the Gunners from Manchester United on transfer deadline day earlier this month, was regularly used out wide by his former club, but scored twice while on international duty with England this week, netting both the goals in the 2-0 victory over Switzerland.

And according to Goal.com, Dein firmly believes that the player will thrive given his chance down the middle for Arsene Wenger’s side. Welbeck will likely start his Gunners career by providing cover for injured centre forward Olivier Giroud, giving him the ideal opportunity to prove his worth as an out-and-out striker.

Dein was understandably delighted to see the player’s contribution for the Three Lions on Monday night, and feels that his former club have made a wise investment by purchasing the 23-year-old.

“It will do him the world of good,” he said of Welbeck at the Soccerex conference in Manchester. “It’s about confidence. I know Arsene’s bought him with the intention of playing him as a striker and strikers live on goals. His price has probably gone up!

“Arsene’s got a lovely phrase – the only thing certain about a big signing is a big salary to go with it. That doesn’t guarantee you the success. It’s all about a team effort. You have got to get the team working together, it’s about bonding.

“But [Wenger’s] so focused, so determined and he’s still got the fire in his belly, he’s a natural winner. He’s got a decent squad there now. One would expect they finish in the Champions League positions but it’s not guaranteed. Everybody wants the same thing today. Every club wants to win the league.”

Arsenal spent over £80m this summer on Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, David Ospina and Welbeck, but have had their squad ravaged by injuries to key players during the early part of the season, leaving them particularly short going forward.

Welbeck will get his first chance to impress his new employers on Saturday, when the North London club host Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

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