Kieran Gibbs: This is why England team mates make jokes at Danny Welbeck

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Kieran Gibbs has revealed how new Arsenal team mate Danny Welbeck now has to sit with 'the southerners' on England duty rather than 'the northerners'.

With new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal bringing Colombian goal machine Radamel Falcao to Old Trafford, England international Danny Welbeck decided it was time to leave his home town club. Tottenham were linked with a move for the 23-year-old, but he chose to join their North London rivals Arsenal in a £16m deadline day deal.

Welbeck has since scored four goals for his new club in all competitions, including a hat-trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League, whilst also bagging twice in England's recent 2-0 win at Switzerland.

Welbeck added to his England tally with a goal against San Marino last week, and remains on international duty with Roy Hodgson's men before he will return to North London after England's game with Estonia in Tallinn.

However, his new Arsenal team mate Kieran Gibbs has revealed how some of the England players have started to make jokes at Welbeck as he makes the transition from sitting with 'the northerners' during meals to sitting with 'the southerners' since leaving Manchester United for Arsenal.

"Danny's made the switch from the northern table to the southern table at dinners and stuff," said Gibbs. "He's getting a bit of stick from the northern boys but he's been ­properly welcomed to the south."

Gibbs, who was dropped by Hodgson for the game with Estonia, also said that there is a good spirit in the England camp amid the Welbeck jokes.

"Everyone knows each other quite well. There aren't too many new faces. Spirit is good. It's very relaxed and there's a feel-good factor in the dressing room. It's fun."

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