Having come up alongside Danny Welbeck through the Manchester United ranks, Tom Cleverley isn’t in the slightest bit surprised at the Arsenal striker’s recent fine form.
Welbeck, 23, scored 29 goals in in 142 games at Manchester United following his first-team debut in 2008, before being deemed expendable under new manager Louis van Gaal this summer.
Sealing a £16 million move to the Gunners at the transfer deadline, the England international has since thrived while leading the line in the absence of the injured Olivier Giroud, netting the first hat-trick of his senior career in Wednesday’s 4-1 Champions League home win over Galatasaray.
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Having since moved on from United himself to join Aston Villa on a season-long loan, Cleverley insists that his former teammate’s qualities were never in doubt and believes his new surroundings will see him go on to even bigger things.
‘I’m just really happy for him. Everyone knows he’s a great player but he’s also a fantastic lad,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.
‘Arsene Wenger said it himself; until you work with him you don’t realise how technically good he is.
‘He’s got everything in the bag so it’s no surprise that he’s banging the goals in and creating so many chances.
‘He’s lighting quick so that’s no secret to me because I’ve been working with him for so long.’