Arsenal boss claims new summer signing can be as good as Thierry Henry

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that new summer signing Danny Welbeck has the potential to be as good as Thierry Henry, Mirror reports.

The English striker was a £16million purchase from Manchester United on transfer deadline day, and Wenger is looking to transform Welbeck into a striker of Henry’s calibre.

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The French legend scored a club record 228 goals for the Gunners after Wenger brought him to the Premier League from Juventus back in 1999.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal criticized Welbeck for his lack of goals, but Arsenal boss Wenger reckons he will be an adept finisher after training him to “kill” his opponents.

“Thierry is a good act to follow,” said Wenger.

“I think Danny has an interesting potential and let’s see how he develops.

“He has a good mentality, good physical potential, technical potential, he contributes to our team play because he doesn’t lose the ball up front and those are important qualities.

“He rushed a bit his finishing until now because he didn’t score.

“It is more a nervous problem maybe because in training he scores goals like a real striker.

“He is a good finisher.

“I think as well he has played at Manchester United in the position wide the last two or three years, never through the middle.

“Then you lose a little bit that instinct to score.

“And you lose that pressure which is animalistic – you need to always be in the middle and wait for your chance to kill the opponent.

Welbeck will be hoping to thrive with more playing time at Arsenal after being behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and even Javier Hernandez in the pecking order during his time at Manchester United.

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