Former Arsenal striker claims club have 'secured the signature of Welbeck'

Alan Smith says that Danny Welbeck is an Arsenal player, despite mixed reports.

Transfer Deadline Day has been full of twists and turns this evening. At about 6pm it was being reported that Danny Welbeck had undergone a medical at London Colney ahead of completing a loan deal to join Arsenal from Manchester United.

Manchester United are looking forward to announcing Radamel Falcao's arrival which is reportedly leaving Welbeck available. Arsenal need a new striker with Olivier Giroud on the sidelines, and in fact, without his injury they could do with attacking reinforcements.

But those reports soon dissipated. The deal was back-tracked as Arsenal made it clear no medical had been done and that they were not interested in the England international - disappointing, and pleasing, Arsenal fans depending on their view of the pacey forward.

But according to a former Arsenal striker, the deal is in fact done!

Alan Smith, who now works as a commentator for Sky Sports, suggested on Sky Sports News HQ earlier that he had received information saying Welbeck was in fact an Arsenal player already.

He told Jim White:

"Well we were told that is off, we thought it was and at that point, a second after I got a text to say that the deal has been done. So we will wait and hear on that. I hear that they have secured the signature of Danny Welbeck. I don't know if it is a loan or they have signed him permanently but I think that is a good signing so let's hope that is the case."

The BBC are now reporting that a fee of £16 million has been agreed for Welbeck. Another Transfer Deadline Day twist. Time will tell.

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