After Olivier Giroud was ruled out for over three months with a broken tibia, Arsenal had to bring in another striker - it was just that few people expected it to be Danny Welbeck. With Radamel Falcao heading to Manchester United on deadline day, Welbeck decided it was time to play first team football, and when Arsenal came calling with a £16m bid, he wasn't about to turn it down.
Welbeck is yet to make his Gunners debut because of the international break, but he gave Arsenal fans a taste of what's to come with an impressive brace for England against Switzerland on Monday, and the 24-year-old says that he believes the goals will continue to flow - if he's finally given the chance to play as a centre forward. At United and with England, Welbeck has been repeatedly used out wide rather than up front, and his display against Switzerland showed what he can do there.
"It is well known I prefer to play through the middle so when I get my opportunity I just want to show what I can do," Welbeck said. "Once I get into the box and get the opportunities I have got faith in my ability. Before I wasn't getting into the box because I wasn't playing too much as a striker and I had to worry about my defensive work.
"Listen, anyone can say what they want to say but I just know once I get the opportunity and a run of games up front I will do my best. That's definitely what I need. It is good for any footballer to get a run of games," Welbeck added. "You become more confident and play much more at ease and to get a run of games would be absolutely perfect. That is my first 90 minutes this season so it is just the start of things and really looking forward to it."
Arsenal take on Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium this weekend in a huge top of the table clash, and Welbeck is expected to make his debut. With Vincent Kompany struggling with an injury in the heart of the City defence, Welbeck could have the chance to demonstrate his pace and cause havoc up front - and now he finally has the chance to play as a centre forward, it would be little surprise to see Welbeck play with confidence and hit the back of the net after Monday's showing.