Jack Wilshere says new signing Danny Welbeck will be a “great addition” to Arsenal and is backing the former Manchester United striker to be a success at the Emirates Stadium.
The England international completed a £16 million move to north London on deadline day with the Gunners keen to bring in a replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud.
Welbeck is currently on international duty, alongside Wilshere with England, and the midfielder says his new club-mate has the quality to succeed at Arsenal.
“He is a great addition for Arsenal and hopefully he will keep performing for England as well,” Wilshere told reporters. “He has got great enthusiasm, he wants to run, he will track back, and he has got great quality.
“A lot of people don’t give him credit for his technical ability, but he is great on the ball. I am sure there were a few clubs wanting him and there are not many players his age who move from one big club to another big club so that shows his quality.”
Wilshere also feels he needs to impress this season and says that after a good pre-season he is in excellent shape.
“It is a big season for me, I have never hidden away from that,” Wilshere said. “I have had a good pre-season for the first time in a few years, I have trained every session, played in all but one of the games. I feel good, I am getting stronger and stronger, I am getting near to where I want to be.”
England face Switzerland in Euro 2016 qualifying on Monday, following their underwhelming win over Norway, and Wilshere wants to get the fans back on side.
“Going over to Switzerland is a tough game but we know if we put in the performance and get the result the fans are going to come back on our side,” he added.
“If people analysed it a bit more they would have been a bit kinder, there were just a few individual errors and a few lapses in concentration – but at that level that is what you are going to get.”