Welbeck left Manchester United because of a lack of first team football at Old Trafford.
Arsenal’s captain and vice-captain, Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker, played a key role in bringing Danny Welbeck to the Emirates on transfer deadline day, the Daily Star reports.
The experienced duo took it upon themselves to try and persuade the club to make a move for the England international when they learned that Tottenham were the only side actively looking to sign the striker.
Spurs has hoped to sign Welbeck on a season long loan with speculation on deadline day suggesting the Gunners main rivals were favourites for the 23 year old’s signature for much of the day.
However, once Arteta and Mertesacker became involved, Spurs were blown out of the water.
The pair spotted Welbeck in the Arsenal gym late on deadline day. The young striker had been using Arsenal’s training facilities with his England team mates ahead of the Three Lions games against Norway and Switzerland.
After talking with the star, the duo realised that the Gunners had an opportunity to sign the front man if they were quick.
The two men made their case to Arsene Wenger, who was in Rome managing a side in the Inter religious match for peace. The Frenchman was persuaded to make a late bid for Welbeck and several hours later, the striker became an Arsenal player.
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