'He's excellent' - Arsenal tipped over ideal striker, but does £10m sale make deal impossible?

Could Manchester United refuse to sell Arsenal Danny Welbeck?

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has advised the club to move for Danny Welbeck, but could United refuse to deal with the club after the Thomas Vermaelen situation?

The 1994 Cup Winners Cup hero told SkySports that he felt Arsenal should look to replace the injured Olivier Giroud with the Manchester United forward, said to be available.

He said: "I think he would make an excellent signing for somebody, he’s had unfair criticism over the last couple of years really, he’s been playing out of position at United and shunted around the park.

"I think if he was given an extended spell through the middle where he likes it you would see a really top player develop. I would love to see him at Arsenal."

However even if the Gunners were to try to sign the England international, there is every chance Manchester United would block their efforts out of spite, after what happened with Thomas Vermaelen earlier in the transfer window.

Manchester United had attempted to sign the Belgian international earlier in the transfer window, but Arsene Wenger refused to sell to their Premier League competitors unless they included Chris Smalling in the deal, and sanctioned a move to Barcelona instead.

The Mirror reported earlier this month that United boss Louis van Gaal was 'furious' the move for the centre-back fell through, having believed he had the green light.

With the Gunners less than accommodating towards them, it makes the prospects of the Red Devils agreeing to sell Danny Welbeck to them even more unlikely than it would have been already.

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