Arsenal boss hints at central berth for newbie

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dropped a big hint that he will use Danny Welbeck as a central striker by insisting that his best position is “through the middle”.

The Gunners swooped to sign the England international on transfer deadline day in a £16m deal from Manchester United.

Although the 23-year-old has long been described as a striker, he was more often than not used in a wide attacking role at Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, which was also a trend that extended to the England set-up.

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But with Welbeck’s arrival at Arsenal thought to have been a reaction to news that Olivier Giroud will miss the rest of 2014 through injury, it has been mooted that the versatile ace will get to play in his preferred position.

And Wenger has fuelled this talk by insisting that his new star is at his best in the centre of the pitch:

“Welbeck’s best position is through the middle,” he is quoted by The Guardian.

“He is happy and confident.

“I cannot tell you if he will start [against City] but it’s a possibility. I have to assess the squad. He is young and I feel he can improve his career here – he is confident.”

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