Arsenal star taunts Manchester United over deadline day deal

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Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott claims Danny Welbeck will be a better player for the Gunners than at Manchester United.

Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott has praised new signing Danny Welbeck, and taken a little swipe at his former club in the process.

Manchester United sold the striker on deadline day, a move criticised by former defender Rio Ferdinand, and Walcott believes the England international will be even better for the Gunners than he was at the Red Devils.

He told Arsenal.com: "He’s going to be better for us than he was at Man United, definitely.

"He’ll get more opportunities and he’s got a point to prove... He’ll fit straight in here.”

Welbeck scored nine Premier League goals last season, but the belief around him at Arsenal, and opportunities he is likely to get, suggest he should be aiming towards the 20 mark.

Walcott is due to return in 'weeks', and when he does, Welbeck's chances of success are likely to be even more greatly improved, due to the pace and extra dimension he adds to the side.

Welbeck is expected to start against Manchester City this weekend, an opponent he knows well from his time at United.

While the striker has an FA Cup goal against City to his name, in 370 minutes of action in the Premier League spanning six games, he has never found the net against them.

Doing so for Arsenal this weekend will be an early milestone in showing he can back up Walcott's faith he can be a better player for the Gunners.

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