Ex Arsenal chief confirms new summer signing brought in to play as striker

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dean has confirmed that Arsene Wenger purchased Danny Welbeck from Manchester United to play him as a striker, Metro reports.

Welbeck was signed for £16million on deadline day after the Red Devils managed to complete the massive move for Radamel Falcao.

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At Old Trafford Welbeck has been deployed up front as well as on the wings, but Dein has insisted that the Englishman was purchased to play up front to cover for the injured Olivier Giroud.

Speaking of Welbeck’s switch, Dein said: “It will do him the world of good.

“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.”

Welbeck managed to silence those doubting the 23-year-old was the right player for Arsenal by scoring a brace for England against Switzerland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.