Arsenal morning news: Today's opponents wanted Welbeck; Arteta backs Gibbs

Danny Welbeck England Euro 2012 closeup

All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates Stadium this morning.

Today's opponents Hull City tried in vain to sign Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck this summer - before he made thr £16 million swoop to Arsenal on Deadline Day.

With the signing of Radamel Falcao Welbeck became available at United and Hull boss Steve Bruce has admitted he wanted to bring the player in as a replacement for the departed Shane Long, who joined Southampton this summer.

As reported by the Hull Daily Mail the Tigers boss stated:

“I’ve got no doubt in my mind after working with him that he can play at any top four side, no question. He’s a top player.

“We had a dabble. I rang his brother (and agent, Chris) but there were some rather big clubs in for him.

“I think Spurs were in there, Arsenal as well, and one or two from Europe as well. He had a pick of a few clubs.”

Bruce had Welbeck on loan whilst Sunderland manager.

Mikel Arteta has backed Kieran Gibbs to become England's starting left-back ahead of Manchester United's £30 million teenager Luke Shaw.

Gibbs, who started the international against San Marino recently, has put his injury problems behind him and has been on top form for The Gunners this season.

Arteta believes, he has what it takes:

"He has been unlucky because it’s hard to see any other national team with three or four left backs who are top quality.

"Spain and Germany definitely don’t have that. No other international team has three or four top quality left backs like Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw and Gibbo.

"Now he’s got his chance, he has to take it because I think he can be a very good player for the national team. I’m very happy for him."

Finally, and some good news, as Arsenal welcomed Theo Walcott back to action last night. He played 45 minutes for the under-21s as he stepped up his recovery from knee ligament damage.

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