Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will come back to haunt Manchester United later this season. That’s the message from former Charlton Athletic and West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley.
The England international striker is a United academy graduate but was let go on transfer deadline day. Arsenal swooped in and signed the 23-year-old for a reported transfer fee of £16 million.
Welbeck had chances in his first two appearances for the Gunners but had failed to score; however, on Saturday against Aston Villa at Villa Park, he was in fine form and netted in a 3-0 victory in the Premier League.
|Position||Team||Match||Goals||Chances created||Goal Assist||Total Shots||Shots on Target||Mins Played|
|Danny Welbeck||FW||Arsenal||Aston Villa vs Arsenal||1||2||1||4||2||78|
Then on Sunday, Welbeck’s former club United suffered a shock 5-3 defeat to Leicester City, letting slip a two-goal lead at the King Power Stadium to collapse in the final 30 minutes of the contest.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Monday, Curbishley, who last managed a club in 2008, backed Welbeck to be a success at Arsenal and claimed that United could regret letting him go.
‘I think he could come back and haunt Manchester United somewhat because I think that Danny Welbeck has not been able to command a regular place at Old Trafford’, said the 56-year-old. ‘He has been a bit player, played out wide and done a job for the club.
‘But now he is at a side that can make chances for him. And he will appreciate that Arsenal believed in him... I think he is a marvellous player for Arsenal’.
Welbeck has settled in well at Arsenal and seems to have formed a strong bond with his new teammates. His addition to Arsene Wenger’s squad is certainly a boon, especially as first-choice striker Olivier Giroud is out injured at the moment.
However, United may not miss Welbeck as the season progresses. Manager Louis van Gaal has three of the best forwards in Europe in Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney.
At this moment is time, despite his goal for Arsenal on Saturday and his heroics for England in Switzerland, Welbeck is not at their level.