Danny Welbeck Praised By Arsene Wenger – The Arsenal manager has lauded his striker’s mental strength after he scored the winner on his return to Old Trafford writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
Welbeck seized on a back pass error from former Manchester United team mate Antonio Valencia before rounding goalkeeper David de Gea and put the ball into the empty net to silence the home crowd.
The 24-year-old’s goal was the decisive strike in the 2-1 win that earned the Gunners their first victory at Old Trafford since 2006.
Said Wenger: “We all want to do well when we play against our former club to show we are great players,” Wenger said.
“It is not easy to deal with the mental aspect of it. Danny Welbeck focused just on his game and played football the way he wanted to. He has showed mental strength.
“He is intelligent. He is a great talent and has done extremely well for the national team as well.”
Wenger will be hoping the victory acts as a springboard to help Arsenal secure third place in the table – a position that would ensure the north Londoners do not need to undergo preliminary Uefa Champions League qualifying next season.
Arsenal are trading at 1.44 odds to beat West Ham at the Emirates this weekend. The Hammers are a best price of 8.00 to win the game.
Arsenal will now play the winner of Bradford and Reading’s replay in the semi-finals.
The other FA Cup semi sees Aston Villa play Liverpool.
The player had spent his entire career at Manchester United before joining Arsenal last summer for £16 million. He has now scored eight goals for Arsenal this season in all competitions.
Born in nearby Longsight, Danny Welbeck joined the club has an eight-year-old and came through the United youth system.
And if we were to compare that goal haul to Colombian Radamel Falcao, who is costing United a quarter of a million a week, plus the £12 million to loan him from Monaco, it is clear where the value lies.
Falcao has scored just four times for United this season.
Welbeck celebrated his goal – something ex-players rarely do when returning to their former clubs – but he said said afterwards: “Manchester United is a club that means so much to me. I’m a fan and it’s hard to knock them out.”
The England striker was given a mixed reception after he was substituted. At least half of the Old Trafford faithful booed him as he left the pitch – a curious thing to do given that Welbeck never wanted to leave Old Trafford in the first place.
Some are suggesting that the decision to boo Welbeck is explained by the fact that the majority of supporters inside Old Trafford are not from Manchester and do not understand or feel the bond between players born in the city and the club.
It is very difficult to imagine a United supporter born in Manchester booing one of their own.
The man who made the call to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, Louis Van Gaal, again defended his decision to let him go.
“A lot of times a player shall be very motivated against the club he played for, but I think we gave that goal,” said the Dutchman.