Wenger: Danny Welbeck better at Arsenal than Manchester United

by Richard Laverty

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims Danny Welbeck has played an important role at Arsenal and is better off than he was at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old left the club he’d spent his entire career with on deadline day last year in a surprise move to rivals Arsenal after Louis van Gaal decided to bring Radamel Falcao to the club.

Despite Wenger’s insistence, Welbeck has rarely been used as a striker, the main reason he wanted to leave Old Trafford and has regularly found himself playing a similar role to the one he played regularly at United.

The former red also has just four Premier League goals to his name, the same as the much criticised Falcao has with United this season. But despite the record, Wenger insists he’s an important player.

Wenger said: “He’s very important and has played many, many games since the start of the season. I think he’s played in nearly every single game. His position is one of the three up front, central, left of right. He can play anywhere.

“If you check the statistics, you will see he is one of the players who has played the most games for us – just not in the last couple of games.”

Welbeck will return to Old Trafford on Monday night for the first time since his departure, although he did come up against his former team mates back in 2014 when United took three points away from the Emirates in a 2-1 win.

Ironically, this might be the first season where he would have been more use to United than Arsenal given Alexis Sanchez’s emergence as Arsenal’s main goalscorer and United’s striker struggles and lack of pace throughout the campaign.

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