England international striker Danny Welbeck was involved in one of the biggest surprise transfers on deadline day as he left Manchester United for Arsenal for a reported £16 million fee.
The 23-year-old found his chances with the Red Devils limited due to the competition in places, and the deadline day arrival of Radamel Falcao further dented his hopes of first-team football.
In stark contrast, the Gunners were light on strikers following the injury to French international Olivier Giroud, and boss Arsene Wenger finally opted to dip into the Arsenal coffers in order to make a deal happen.
In North London, Welbeck has the opportunity to become the club’s leading man up front, and former United teammate Wayne Rooney believes that the move can also benefit the England national team.
“Dan is quick, he can score goals and I am sure now that he has got his move to Arsenal and him playing up front there, that can only help England,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN.
“It was a big moment for him. He is a Manchester boy and it was a big decision for him to move. He felt he had to. Hopefully he can play a few games up front and that can benefit England.
"All I can say is that everyone in the dressing room respected him and we are friends. We’ll miss him in that dressing room and we wish him all the best.”
Welbeck made a total of 92 Premier League appearances for United since coming through their youth ranks, scoring 20 goals in the process.
Arsenal’s next game in the Premier League is at home to Manchester City, a match in which their new striker needs no extra motivation to show the Gunners supporters what he is all about.