Arsene Wenger has made a dramatic move to solve his lack of goal power by agreeing a £16million deal to sign England striker Danny Welbeck.
The Arsenal manager, in Italy to keep a promise to play in a fund raising football match, still made sure that charity began at home as he helped beat off a bid from Spurs to land the Manchester United star.
Welbeck, told he could leave Old Trafford after failing to impress Louis van Gaal since the Dutchman’s arrival this summer, was originally offered on a season long loan deal for a bargain £3m.
Wenger had several times claimed he wasn’t in the market for a new striker, despite losing last season’s top scorer Olivier Giroud until after Christmas through injury.
But that emerged as a smokescreen as he made failed overtures for first Loic Remy then Radamel Falcao, before turning his attention to Welbeck.
And with Tottenham put off by the size of the numbers involved, Arsenal officials worked late into the night to complete the formalities.
Mesut Ozil was one of several Arsenal stars to tweet their delight at Welbeck's signing, saying: 'I'm glad to welcome you, Danny! wish you as much goals as possible! #WelcomeWelbeck #NewStriker #No23 #COYG'.