Hull City boss Steve Bruce has revealed that Arsenal beat a couple of European big guns to land Danny Welbeck from Manchester United.
The former Sunderland manager has also admitted that he evinced interest in signing the striker despite there being interest from various big clubs including the Gunners' arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
But Bruce feels Welbeck made the right decision to join Arsenal, and is sure that the striker will make it work both for the club and for himself.
"I rang Danny's brother, Chris, who is also his agent, but there were some rather big clubs in for him. Spurs were in there, of course Arsenal as well, and one of two of the big guns from Europe too. Danny had a pick, but we had a little dabble," Bruce is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
"The proof will come over time whether they regret letting him go or not. Do I think they will? Put it this way – my money's on Danny making the move to Arsenal really work out for him and for them."
Bruce is sure that the former United striker has the capability to play in any of the top clubs around Europe. Welbeck spent a year on-loan under the Hull boss, during his time as Sunderland manager and he believes this stint helped the Arsenal striker grow from a boy to a man.
"Danny is a top, top player, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind about that. And I believe he could play in any of the top teams around Europe," the Hull manager added.
"When I was Sunderland manager four years ago, I took Danny on loan for a season because he was at the stage of his development where he needed to go and play week-in, week-out in the Premier League.
"I got the boy, and then sent him back to United a man. And, after working with him, I know for sure that he's good enough to get into any side, anywhere," Bruce explained.
"But now they have made changes and decided he's surplus – and that's really surprised me because not often do you see Manchester United selling a very good young player."
Moreover, the former Birmingham City manager is confident that a regular run of games in his preferred centre-forward position will see Welbeck score plenty of goals for the north London side.
"But, believe me, you stick him down the middle as a striker and he will score plenty, that's for sure," Bruce concluded.