Arsenal recently signed Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck in a £ 16 million deal, which appears to have pleased all parties involved. Arsenal failed that they have got a striker who is capable of becoming one of the best in the league for a relatively low transfer fee. This opinion has also made midfielder Jack Wilshere taken in direct jibe at United by saying that he would be never sold for such a low transfer fee. The fact that United allowed Welbeck to sign for a rival club knowing that he will probably be playing at the top level for the next decade has also surprised many.
At just 23 years of age, Welbeck still has a lot of time left to improve. Arsene Wenger has had a history of developing players with a lot of talent but without the right knowledge to put that on the pitch. One of the best examples is club legend Thierry Henry, who was largely an unknown quantity before he moved to Arsenal. He went on to score more than 200 league goals. Wilshere has long been regarded as one of the best young talents for the England national team. However, his poor performances in recent years may even force Arsenal into selling the player.
Wilshere is confident that even if Arsenal sell him, it will not be to a rival at such a low transfer fee. “Gary Neville knows what he’s talking about. He probably said what he said because Danny’s a Manchester United boy, he grew up there. In today’s market £16m is nothing really. With the quality Danny’s got, we have a bargain. There are not many players that leave one top club for another in England, especially English players. It’s unheard of really,” said Wilshere. Van Gaal, though, said that Welbeck was not good enough for United.