Arsenal’s request for an extension in order to complete the Danny Welbeck deal has been granted by the Premier League.
A fee rumoured to be £16m has been agreed between the Gunners and Manchester United, but their inability to conclude negotiations before the 11pm deadline has prompted them to request more time from the authorities.
With the north Londoners able to prove they are close enough to concluding the deal, the Premier League has sanctioned the additional time and it now appears a formality that the England international will be plying his trade at the Emirates henceforth.
Arsene Wenger’s initial stance following Olivier Giroud’s leg break was to keep faith with his current crop of strikers, but their collective profligacy against Leicester coerced the Frenchman to realise that Yaya Sanogo alone will not score the goals to keep them in the race for a top-four finish, a feat they’re 2/5 to achieve according the odds moguls at bwin.com.
Gooners across the globe have been clamouring for reinforcements up top and, bar any administrational catastrophes, they appear to have got their wish.
Welbeck has bagged 20 goals in 90 appearances for Man Utd, which on the surface seems anything but impressive.
But the fact that the majority of his outings as a Red Devil either came from the bench or being deployed on the wing acts a sufficient mitigation.
His inevitable acquisition and increased goal threat he’ll offer the Arsenal attack adds value to their massive 12/1 to win the Premier League title this term.