Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck on when he realised he had to leave Manchester United

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Danny Welbeck joined Arsenal from Manchester United on transfer deadline day.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has revealed that he had been thinking of leaving Manchester United for a year.

The England international moved to the Gunners from the Red Devils on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £16 million.

Welbeck joined United back in 2001 and progressed through the club’s ranks to earn a first-team place under the now-retired Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, the 23-year-old was often played out on the wing and not in his preferred centre-forward's role by Ferguson, and even David Moyes did not change that.

New United manager Louis van Gaal eventually let Welbeck go in the summer transfer window, and the Englishman has now revealed that leaving the Manchester outfit had been on his mind for a while.

‘When you’ve been somewhere for so long and then you’re going to start a new chapter in your career, you’ve got to think about it a lot’, he told the Arsenal Magazine.

‘Over the past year or so, I started to think about what’s best for me because at the time I was playing on the left wing a lot and in a 4-4-2, which is very difficult for me because I can’t make an impact on the game.

‘I can play it to the best of my ability but that’s not best for the team, and I could make a bigger impact playing in my preferred position (up front)’.

During his time at United, Welbeck was accused of not taking his chances and failing to score regularly, but at Arsenal he appears to be getting into rhythm.

Welbeck has scored a hat-trick in the Champions League for the North London club, while bagging two goals and creating seven chances in five Premier League appearances.

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