The press reaction to Danny Welbeck’s transfer to Arsenal continues as Lukas Podolski readies himself to fight for a starting place.
The arrival of Danny Welbeck at Arsenal is good news for fans of the English national team who will be delighted to see a young English player get the chance to develop his game as the front line striker in a top 4 club.
With the big name arrivals in Old Trafford this summer the likelihood is that the 23-year-old would have been reduced to a bit part player had he chosen to remain at his former club. The British press are intrigued by the move and have been hounding the player for quotes over the past few days.
The Independent were enthused about the substantial English contingent now plying their trade at The Emirates. Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started the friendly against Norway last night, Calum Chambers and Welbeck himself appeared from the bench, while Theo Walcott is sure to be involved again when he gets back after injury. Kieran Gibbs is on the fringes of the squad. Welbeck believes that having this cohort of players at the same club is certain to benefit the national team.
“It is going to be a massive positive for us. We will be seeing each other every single day and you obviously develop a much better understanding if you are working with one another on a consistent basis, that is something that will definitely benefit the England team.”
Not forgetting his new club, Arsenal, the former Manchester United man spoke of the competition for places at the Emirates as a positive and one that is to be expected in a club of Arsenal’s stature.
“There is definitely competition and I think once you come to a big club, there is always going to be competition. Unfortunately there are a couple of injuries at the moment but I think once everyone is fighting fit, everybody will want to be on the pitch scoring goals and that’s healthy competition for the squad.”
Lukas Podolski is another who is not afraid to fight for first team opportunities. The Express reported that despite offers from Bundesliga clubs he elected to stay put, partly because he wouldn’t consider playing for anyone but his hometown club, FC Koln (an interesting assertion seeing as he previously left them to play for the hated Bayern Munich) and also because manager Arsene Wenger persuaded him to stay.
He was quoted as saying.
“I had a very good conversation with the manager. He has stressed he is putting trust in me and my qualities.”
There will be much interest in how Wenger lines up his attack in the after the international break, their next few games will tell whether he has enough firepower to launch a serious title bid.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.
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