New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck says he is not taking a starting place for granted after his £16million transfer deadline day move from Manchester United.
The England international, who scored 29 goals in 142 appearances for the Red Devils, could be set for an extended run in Arsene Wenger’s line-up as a central striker because of Olivier Giroud’s foot injury.
But, although the Frenchman is expected to be out of action until January, Welbeck is taking nothing for granted over his chances of getting a regular starting berth for the Gunners.
“There is definitely competition and I think once you come to a big club, there is always going to be competition,” he said.
“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.”
Welbeck cannot wait to get started at his new club, with Arsenal hosting Manchester City after the international break on September 13.
The Gunners go into that game as the 3.04 underdogs in the 1X2 betting with champions City available to back at 2.33 to take all three points and the draw priced at 3.21.
“I just want them (Arsenal fans) to know that I will give 100 per cent in every single game,” added Welbeck. “I play with my heart on my sleeve and I am always going to give my best.”
Arsenal will be looking for a repeat of their emphatic 3-0 Community Shield victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s side with a repeat scoreline on offer at 34.0 in the Correct Score betting.