Arsenal sign Danny Welbeck for £16m

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.

The shirt fits: How Danny Welbeck would look in an Arsenal shirt, as imagined in our mocked-up image

Numbers game: Welbeck has the squad No 23, which is synonymous with Michael Jordan and David Beckham

Wanted man: Arsenal have signed Danny Welbeck, pictured here in training with England at London Colney

Still time: Welbeck, pictured here arriving for England training, held out for a permanent deal with the Gunners

On the move? Welbeck (centre) has left Wayne Rooney (left) and his United team-mates behind at Old Trafford

Incoming: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger checks his phone as he took part in a Match for Peace

But the 23-year-old was determined to force a permanent move to give himself a fresh start and that helped Arsenal force down United’s original £18m asking price before settling a five-year contract for the player.

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'.

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