Arsène Wenger says he is “very, very happy” that he signed Danny Welbeck last summer.

The England forward has scored seven times this season and his high-energy approach has made him an instant hit with supporters.

Olivier Giroud’s goalscoring form has limited Welbeck’s opportunities as the central striker, but Wenger believes the 24-year-old has a big part to play in the run-in.

Welbeck is an exceptional player who will have a great future here

Arsène Wenger

“He’s very important and has played many, many games since the start of the season,” the manager said. “I think he’s played in nearly every single game. His position is one of the three up front - central, left or right. He can play anywhere.

“He’s one of the players who has played the most games for us, but not in the last couple of games. You have moments in the season where some players play a bit less.

“Most of the time it’s up front because not every single player can play every game in the biggest part of the season. You have a player like Olivier Giroud who is playing at the moment but he missed four months. During that period Welbeck played every single game.

“He plays very well for me and is an exceptional player who will have a great future here. I am very, very happy that I bought him.” 

Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck

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Max Jones 6 Mar 2015