In what should have been a wonderful week for Danny Welbeck as he looks forward to making his Arsenal debut after scoring two goals for England on Monday, the striker has had to deal with some tough comments from his previous manager and his new one.
Firstly and rather surprisingly Arsene Wenger said that he wouldn't have signed Danny Welbeck had he been in the country on deadline day. Wenger was absent last Monday as he took part in a charity match in Rome and also took up the opportunity to meet the Pope. Transfer business was conducted without him and Welbeck was brought in for a modest £16 million.
However he said that the 23-year-old was only ever a loan target and he had wanted to bring him in temporarily before deciding whether a permanent move would be worthwhile. Staggering comments to hear from your new manager that can't have filled Welbeck with confidence.
Welbeck will now be determined to prove to Wenger that he is worthy of a permanent transfer and he can lead the line in the absence of Olivier Giroud. The England international has emphasised that he wants to play as an out and out striker, playing through the middle rather than out wide.
When playing for Manchester United he was often played out wide and perhaps that is something Louis Van Gaal should have considered before commenting on Danny's lack of goals for the club.
The Dutchman stated that he didn't score enough goals to be kept on at the club, and unfairly compared his record to that of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Speaking as the club unveiled their new signings including Falcao, he said "He played three seasons for the first team, but he doesn't have the record of Robin Van Persie or Wayne Rooney and that is the standard."
"That is why we let him go, because of Falcao, but also to allow the youngsters to fit in. That is the policy. That is why I am here."
Welbeck never really had a sustained run of games in the Manchester United side, unlike Van Persie and Rooney who are two of the first names on the teamsheet. Even when he did play, he wasn't given the same attacking role as the aforementioned so it doesn't make sense to compare their goal scoring records.
On Monday, Welbeck showed for England that when he is played down the middle he is a threat and his record for the national side is very impressive. In 28 games he has scored 10 goals, and even a lot of those caps have seen him being played as a wide player, but he has still made an impact.
Wenger and Van Gaal's comments are fuel for Welbeck's motivation and he will be raring to go if selected for the match against Manchester City on Saturday. The two England goals will have given him a huge boost, and with any debut he will be eager to impress anyway. If he manages to score then there is no doubt that he will be thinking of Van Gaal's comments and he will be delighted to show him what he's missing out on.