— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 1, 2014
Welbeck was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford after the arrival Falcao. Tottenaham also showed interest to sign the striker, but the chance of playing in UEFA Champions league attracted Welbeck.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2014
“Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Danny to the club and looks forward to his contribution in an Arsenal shirt this season,” a club statement read.
Welbeck made 142 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 29 goals. Welbeck won the Premier League with Manchester United in 2012-13. He is Arsenal’s fifth signing of the following the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy,David Ospina and Calum Chambers.
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes a lot of Manchester United fans will be upset to see him leave and he can be a very good signing for Arsenal.
“It’s good news for the player first and foremost and good news for Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports News.
“To be fair, I think Arsenal is the only club that Danny wanted to go to and United weren’t all that keen to sell him to a rival, which you can understand. Maybe he stood his ground and they had a change of heart at United.
“I think it’s important that it’s a permanent deal because he’s still only young and he’s got his best years to come, I’m convinced of that.
“Perhaps with Falcao coming in, Manchester United are confident of selling, but I know a lot of Manchester United fans are upset.
“That’s not because they’re particularly sorry to see the player go or the talent that they’re losing, but because he’s a Sir Alex Ferguson player who came through the ranks and encapsulated everything that was good about Manchester United.
“I think they are upset about that.”