Arsenal do not play Manchester United at Old Trafford until the penultimate round of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign, but Danny Welbeck is already looking forward to the clash.
Welbeck initially arrived at United in 2001 and made his competitive debut for the first team in September 2008. However, the 23-year-old could not establish himself as a first-team regular either under Sir Alex Ferguson or David Moyes, and was often played out of position on the wide.
Welbeck failed to convince new United manager Louis van Gaal that he was good enough for his plans and was let go in the summer transfer window.
The Englishman has been played in his preferred centre-forward role at Arsenal and has been among the goals. Welbeck is enjoying himself playing under manager Arsene Wenger and believes that he can progress at the Emirates Stadium, but he is looking forward to returning to Old Trafford later this season.
‘It will be a weird occasion to go back’, he told the Arsenal Magazine. ‘I’m looking forward to it but obviously we’ve got a lot of games before then that we really need to focus on and we need to start picking up three points in every single game.
‘Arsenal is the place for me to advance my career and take me to the next level. Time will tell how it goes but I’m really looking forward to this new challenge’.
Welbeck will face his former club United sooner than May, of course, as Arsenal welcome the Manchester outfit at the Emirates in the Premier League on November 22.