Arsenal’s captaincy duo of Mikel Arteta and his vice captain Per Mertesacker are reported to have played a huge role in convincing Arsene Wenger and the club to confirm the deadline day signing of former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, as revealed by the Daily Star.
Having heard that only north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur were targeting the striker, the pair decided that they would petition the club to bring Welbeck in to the club in a multi million pound move.
Welbeck almost immediately showed why the club have got themselves a bargain this summer by scoring two for England in their 2-0 win against Switzerland in Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifier.
Arteta and Mertesacker met Welbeck in Arsenal’s gym at the training ground, with the Man Utd player having been training there with England before their friendly against Norway.
The duo realised the Gunners could still sign Welbeck if they move fast.
They both informed Arsene Wenger, and the French manager decided to sanction a deadline day bid for the England international. Wenger had previously failed to secure any of his preferred striking targets, including Radamel Falcao or Wilfried Bony.
Without the two players getting involved, chances are that Welbeck would now be a Spurs player.