Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck will find a few familiar faces at ArsenalReuters

Danny Welbeck has stated he has "envisaged" himself playing for Arsenal while at Manchester United and expressed his delight in finally moving to the north London club.

The England international, who was highly rated by Sir Alex Ferguson, made a £16million switch from Old Trafford to the Emirates on deadline day, after falling down the pecking order under David Moyes last season and now Louis van Gaal.

Welbeck - a true Mancunian - was with the United youth set up since 2001. The player broke through to the club's first team during the 2011-12 season, after a successful loan spell at Sunderland, and has been a fan favourite at Old Trafford ever since.

However, the 23-year-old has now risked the wrath of the Red Devils faithful by claiming that he has been a fan of Arsenal and has imagined playing for the Gunners for quite some time now.

"It's exciting times for me. It's great to be a part of this club and it's a team that I've always watched in the Premier League. I've envisaged myself playing in this team before. For it to finally happen is very exciting," the striker told the club website.

Welbeck revealed he is an admirer of Arsene Wenger's football philosophy and is also confident he can provide the cutting edge to the Arsenal team, which is in need of a clinical central forward.

"I believe the style of play the manager's got and the boys play and with the magnificent players in midfield slotting balls through, I can run on to the end of those balls and slot them away.

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"I'd like to bring pace and power to the game. At Arsenal, we're not short of combination football and I like to join in on that and get in behind defenders and try to get shots off at goal. I want to score some goals and help the team to achieve the right results."

Welbeck now joins international teammates Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers at Arsenal as Wenger continues his efforts to build a young team with a British core.

"If you look at the last two World Cups Spain won it with six players from Barcelona, this time Germany won it with six players from Bayern Munich. I hope next time England wins it with six players from Arsenal," Wenger had stated a month ago.