New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck has received backing from a former teammate, and one who once wore an England shirt himself.
After watching his two-goal display against Switzerland in midweek, Michael Owen took to Twitter to praise the forward and suggest that Arsenal have spent their money wisely.
Welbeck takes plenty of stick but I reckon Wenger has bought a top player. He's not prolific because he rarely plays as a striker.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 8, 2014
Welbeck silenced a few of his doubters tonight. The lad is decent. Good performance by England. We are brilliant at qualifying!!!— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 8, 2014
Owen did not add whether he is willing to re-assess his pre-season prediction of Arsenal finishing fifth, but clearly Welbeck's arrival will not hurt their title aspirations, which ultimately is the club's goal.
Rio Ferdinand suggested at the weekend that Manchester United would regret selling Welbeck, and whether that is the case themselves, there is a strong chance they could look back on their decision to allow him to join a rival as a mistake.
Arsenal were facing half a season of frustration with Olivier Giroud out injured and Yaya Sanogo the stand-in. Welbeck is suddenly their great hope in terms of goals, and the signs were for England last night, that Arsene Wenger's late addition will be a good one.