Arsenal sign Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck

Manchester United were very busy on Transfer Deadline Day, not only completing the signing of Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind, but also ensuring players completed deals away from the Old Trafford club. Danny Welbeck, who was a shock departure from the club left on a permanent deal for Arsenal, a move which was confirmed in the early hours of this morning. There was speculation early on Monday evening that the England international was undertaking a medical at Arsenal in view of completing a loan deal, of which the London club would have paid £6 million to complete. That was quickly quashed as talk of Arsenal trying to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar materialised after a bid was reportedly accepted, something which never came to fruition.

Later in the evening, towards the final hours of the transfer window, it was confirmed that Arsenal were in fact signing Danny Welbeck on a permanent deal for a reported fee of £16 million. Obviously with the fact that Colombian striker Radamel Falcao was joining the Old Trafford club, Welbeck would be further down the pecking order that he was when there was just Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of him. Now United have three prolific strikers (if Rooney pulls his finger out) and it will also enable youth prospect James Wilson to have a few matches in the first team, which will help him develop himself. I feel a bit let down that Welbeck has left the club, being a Mancunian and a supporter of the club, but there is no sentiment in football.


The fact that he has left for Arsenal, a club looking and struggling to get a striker like Welbeck is good for both club and country. Welbeck will play in most matches for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and it will enable him to better himself for England too. Welbeck is better used as a striker and recently he has been played on the wing for United, a role he can play because of his pace and ability to attack, but also one where he did not find the back of the net all that often, which was one of the reasons as to why he was probably allowed to leave. Welbeck will score goals for Arsenal and with United’s defence how it is right now, they had better perfect their game so he doesn’t score against his former club.

Many United supporters feel that Welbeck was overrated, many others feel that he was a player not given the right amount of matches. Personally I feel he should have played more, but I was frustrated with him a lot of the time. His best match for me was against Real Madrid in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge of United. He scored at the Santiago Bernabéu, giving United a change in the two-legged fixture. They eventually lost at Old Trafford, but Welbeck played well and he can take that kind of form to Arsenal. With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil providing him with key passes on the flanks, he could prove to be a player that was not afforded time at United. I wish Welbeck all the best at Arsenal and I do think he will shine and I hope he does (obviously not against United of course).


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