Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal believes deadline day signing Danny Welbeck is the club’s biggest hope for success the season.
Arriving from Manchester United for £16 million, Welbeck made his debut in the weekend’s 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City, with the striker coming close to scoring early in the match when he struck the post in the 12th-minute.
With his signing deemed necessary following the long-term injury to Olivier Giroud, Monreal has stressed how important the England international will prove to the Gunners in the Frenchman’s absence, tipping him to make his mark in the scoring charts.
‘He [Welbeck] played quite well against City. He is going to give a lot to the team,’ he told the International Business Times.
‘After Giroud’s injury, he is somehow our biggest hope [for the new campaign]. I hope he settles as soon as possible to provide us many goals.
‘We already had important players up-front such as Giroud, Yaya Sanogo, Podolski and even Walcott when he returns to action.
‘But logically Giroud's injury left the striker position a little short and in that sense Welbeck is going to be very handy. Hopefully he adapts to the team as quickly as possible and scores many goals.’
Monreal was also encouraged by the club’s solid performance against City on the weekend, but was disappointed not to earn all three points after conceding a late goal to centre-back Martin Demichelis.
‘It was a nice game for the fans but very tough for the players. It was a very physical game,’ he added.
‘Both teams had chances to win. We are a little sad because with just seven minutes to go we had the victory in our hands.
‘Manchester City have great players and it's hard to play against them. But we proved that we also have a really good team, we tried to dominate the game from the very beginning, trying to secure the victory. I have the feeling that we needed to close the game when we were 2-1 because we were playing at home.’