Walcott: Welbeck better for Arsenal than Man Utd

Theo Walcott believes his new Arsenal teammate Danny Welbeck will have more of an influence on his new club than he was able to with his old club, Manchester United, ESPN has reported.

Welbeck moved from Old Trafford to the Emirates Stadium on transfer deadline day but has yet to turn out for the Gunners due to the international break. He did however score twice for England against Switzerland as the Three Lions started their Euro 2016 qualification campaign with a win, and Walcott believes Welbeck will show that sort of form under Arsene Wenger.

“He’s going to be better for us than he was at Man United, definitely,” he said. “He’ll get more opportunities and he’s got a point to prove.

“I know he’s worked hard and he’s still very young, and I think the boss will enjoy working with him. The fans definitely will – he’s very exciting and he’s very strong,” Walcott continued. “One thing I would tell him to do is be a little more selfish because he’s unselfish at times, which isn’t a bad thing but I think he’ll get more goals if he’s more selfish. I’m sure he’ll do well for us.”

Injury has kept Walcott on the sidelines since January, although he is said to be nearing a return, and added that Welbeck will fit in at Arsenal on and off the pitch. “He’s a very good guy and a very hard worker,” the former Southampton forward went on. “Off the pitch he’s very relaxed and likes to get involved in anything.

“He’s just a very well-spoken young man and he’s always eager to improve and spend time with people. He fits perfectly into Arsenal, which is such a big family club where everyone’s together. He’ll fit straight in here.”

Welbeck made his United debut in the 2008-09 season, going on to play 142 times and score 29 goals, as well as two goals in eight games on loan at Preston North End and six in 28 during a year with Sunderland. At international level he has 10 goals in 28 caps.

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