Arsenal boss revelation threatens feel-good momentum

Danny Welbeck England Euro 2012 closeup

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said he would have preferred to loan Danny Welbeck.

At his press conference on Thursday morning Arsene Wenger spoke about signing Danny Welbeck, and made a surprising comment.

The Gunners boss is reported by The Guardian to have stated he wanted the England international in on loan, rather than on a permanent deal.

Such an admission is a bizarre one to make, and could cause Welbeck himself to wonder whether his new manager really has total faith in him.

Wenger clearly does have some belief in the striker, or he would not have sanctioned the deal at all, but his suggestion regarding preferring a loan deal questions whether he sees him as a true alternative to Olivier Giroud when the Frenchman is fit, or purely a back-up.

Ever since signing, Welbeck has been one of the most-discussed players in the Premier League, and it's been overwhelmingly positive.

From ex-players and pundit critical of Manchester United's decision to sell him, to those praising Arsenal picking him, describing him as a positive fit, Welbeck's stock has never been so high.

The effect of that saw his sky high confidence play a part in leading England to victory in midweek, hitting both goals in a Euro 2016 qualifier over Switzerland.

Wenger, while praising Welbeck's qualities, may just have accidentally sowed a little doubt into his mind - which over a long-term basis when everything is not going so well, could be worry, or even threaten the positivity he must be feeling at present.

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