Mikel Arteta says that he’s been “surprised” by just how good Danny Welbeck is since he moved to Arsenal.
The England international completed a summer move to north London from Manchester United, in a deal that cost the Gunners £16m.
With Olivier Giroud having been ruled out for the remainder of 2014 just before the swoop, many suggested that Arsene Wenger had been panicked into the purchase, which in turn led to speculation that Welbeck may become a ‘big money flop’.
However the former Red Devils trainee has been a hit at the Emirates Stadium so far, netting five goals in 12 appearances.
As well as his record in front of goal, Welbeck’s link-up play has been praised, and Arteta – Arsenal’s captain – says that he’s been a little taken aback by just how good his new team-mate is:
“I think Danny is the perfect fit for us, [with] the kind of character he is and the kind of player he is,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“Personally I have been surprised by his technical capacity, the way he understands the game, his work rate.
“I rate him more now than I used to and this is a good sign because normally the opposite is true when you watch a player on a daily basis. I’m glad he is with us.
“He has got everything here to become one of the best strikers in the Premier League.”