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Former Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck is ready to battle for a starting role at Arsenal next season, even though Arsene Wenger has been heavily urged to bolster his strike force during the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have been linked with a several number nines in recent weeks, including Porto's Jackson Martinez and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, while Santi Cazorla himself has said the side eventually need to sign a true striker.

"When it comes to a position or who in particular, we might need somebody in Theo Walcott's area. He's not necessarily a true, true striker so we might need somebody in his area," the Spaniard said, according to Standard Sport.

But even though Wenger also has Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in his ranks, Welbeck is not afraid of the potential competition, as believes he has "more levels to go to" and will fight for a starting role either up front or in one of the flanks of the attack.

"Competition is healthy as it gives the manager a selection headache, which is the best for the team to drive us forward and keep improving," Welbeck said to the club's official website.

"With the selection of players the manager has got you can use people in different styles and positions, which is only going to help the squad. I'm sure that when anyone is called upon, they are going to give 100% to try to stay in the team for the next game."

The England international moved to the Emirates Stadium last year for £16m after Louis van Gaal opted to part ways with him following the arrival of Radamel Falcao.

Welbeck started the campaign playing as a number nine to cover Giroud's injury, but he struggled to establish himself during the second part of the season, making just 18 starting Premier League appearances during the whole campaign, scoring four goals.

However, having the versatility to adapt to other positions on the attack, he is confident he will improve his stats next campaign.

"Wherever you play on the pitch, whether it be the left, on the right or down the middle, you are going to give your best. I know I definitely have more levels to go to, and I am really looking forward to doing that next season."