Welbeck confesses he idolised Arsenal legend when he was at United

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Arsenal's summer recruit from Manchester United has two idols since he was a pre-teen…

Born just south of Manchester city centre, a six-year-old Danny Welbeck was discovered by Manchester United scouts and, when representing Fletcher Moss, convinced United he had enough talent and potential to warrant inclusion in the club's youth academy.

The fleet-footed forward progressed through the various levels until 2008, when he made his debut against Middlesbrough, aged 18, before going on to claim a League Cup winners medal and a Premier League title with the Old Trafford club.

However, even though it seemed he was Manchester United through and through, one of his two inspirations in the sport actually came from Arsenal…

"I [have] loved watching Thierry Henry since I was a little kid," confessed Welbeck, now 23, to the club's official website.

Welbeck also stated that he looked up to Ryan Giggs, who enjoyed a career longevity that is without parallel in the Premier League era.

"My two idols are Ryan Giggs and Thierry Henry so to come to the club where he was and had so much success at is something you can look up to and try to stamp your own print on the club," he said.

Welbeck is currently on international duty with the England team but will return to North London next week, where he will likely make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, September 12.

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