Danny Welbeck
Welbeck joined Arsenal for a reported £16m on deadline day to ease the club's attacking worries.Getty Images/Kevin C. Cox

New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck will suit the club's philosophy and provide a direct contrast to Olivier Giroud, according to former Gunners forward Alan Smith.

Welbeck swapped Manchester United for the Emirates Stadium on deadline day in a deal worth a reported £16m to fill the void left by Giroud, who will likely miss the remainder of the year with a broken leg.

Smith is thrilled with the addition of the 23-year-old England international, who he says is tailor-made to adapt to Arsenal's style of play.

"I think he would appeal to Arsene Wenger and fit into the Arsenal philosophy," Smith told Sky Sports News HQ.

"He's very good technically and has shown that playing for his country. He's quick, he can cover the ground and that's a nice contrast to Olivier Giroud. They could actually play together.

"So much depends on confidence. I think he has lacked that over the last few years. He has come in for criticism and his finishing hasn't been the best.

"If he gets a couple of goals in a team where he doesn't think 'I've got to score today in order to stay in the team the following week,' which was perhaps the case at Manchester United, then he can relax a little bit and his finishing will improve."

The addition of Welbeck came after United themselves secured the season-long loan signing of highly-coveted striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco.

Prior to Arsenal securing a deal for Welbeck, the forward had reportedly been told by new manager Louis van Gaal that he had no future at United, leading to him seeking a permanent move away from the 20-time English league champions.

Smith, capped 13 times by England, added: "It's good news for the player first and foremost and good news for Arsenal.

"To be fair, I think Arsenal is the only club that Danny wanted to go to and United weren't all that keen to sell him to a rival, which you can understand. Maybe he stood his ground and they had a change of heart at United.

"I think it's important that it's a permanent deal because he's still only young and he's got his best years to come, I'm convinced of that."