Danny Welbeck was picked to started against his former club, Manchester United, on Sunday because of his – ironically – fantastic record against them.
- Welbz was at United for 13 years before signing for Arsenal in 2014
- Has scored three in four appearances against former club
- Wenger says he’s happy for Welbeck after ‘great goal’
- Confirms why he picked the striker to start
Welbz is a product of Manchester United’s academy.
Before signing for Arsenal in 2014, he’d been at the club since 2001.
Therefore, it’s somewhat ironic that since leaving it’s one of the teams he performs best against.
Previously, during the striker’s three appearances against his former team, he’d scored two goals; one of which was in the Premier League, the other in the FA Cup. And on Sunday afternoon, he got the chance to add to that impressive tally, securing Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over their top four rivals with a second-half header.
Speaking after the match, Arsene Wenger confirmed that he picked Welbz to start because of his brilliant record against United and spoke about how happy he was for the England intentional.
“The first goal was a bit lucky, the second goal was a great goal. I’m happy for Danny as well,” the boss said.
“When you play centre forward you know you want goals and so it hopefully gives him confidence.”
Perhaps the 26-year-old knows how to beat United because he was part of them for so long. He was up against the likes of Phil Jones everyday in training.
Or maybe, he wants to show them what they’re missing.
Whatever the reason, watching him score against his former team is mightily satisfying.