Danny Welbeck: New Arsenal signing says former Gunner Thierry Henry was his idol

Striker hopes to emulate his hero at the Emirates

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Danny Welbeck, who joined Arsenal for £16m on deadline day from Manchester United, says that the Gunners' record scorer Thierry Henry was his hero growing up, alongside Ryan Giggs.

"I loved watching Thierry Henry since I was a little kid," said Welbeck. "My two idols are Ryan Giggs and Thierry Henry so to come to the club where he was and had so much success at is something you can look up to and try to stamp your own print on the club."

Welbeck will have to chance to emulate the great Henry by playing up front for Arsenal in the absence of Olivier Giroud. Giroud is out until December at the very earliest after breaking his leg in the 2-2 draw at Everton last month.

"I know a lot about Arsenal," he said. "I don't think there are many people in England who won't know about Arsenal and what a big club this is. The stadium is fantastic and [the team] has got a legendary manager and magnificent players who have also been brought in. I know the England lads from the camp.

Thierry Henry in action for Arsenal

"I met Calum Chambers for the first time [on Monday]. All they have said to me are good words about the club and how big the family is in and around the training ground. It seems like a family club and that's something that's really enticing. I'm so glad to be here."


Welbeck is expected to make his Gunners' debut against Manchester City next Saturday.