Why Wenger should start this Arsenal player against Middlesbrough

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck appears extra motivated to help his side advance in the FA Cup.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has told the club's official website that he is desperate to add an FA Cup winner's medal to his collection after missing out on the trophy with his previous club Manchester United.

The England international won a number of trophies with the Red Devils, including the League Cup in 2009 and the Premier League in 2013.

After trading Old Trafford for the Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2014, Welbeck is keen on starting a new collection with his current employers, and has pinpointed the elusive FA Cup as his primary objective.

"It's a special trophy to win and I've not had the joy of winning it," Welbeck was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

"It's something that I really want to do. It's great to have that on your CV and you just want to keep on winning because once you get into the habit, it's good to keep going.

"It's always meant a lot. Growing up as a kid we always knew the FA Cup was such a historic competition and it's up to us to keep that going. I'm sure it will and it will live on forever."

Extra motivation

Welbeck’s previous trophies at United will undoubtedly mean a lot to him, but the fact that he only ever played a bit-part role in his previous club’s triumphs may remove that great sense of achievement.

With the Gunners, the 24-year-old has been a regular this season, starting 16 Premier League matches and contributing four goals and two assists.

Welbeck has so far been rested and nursed a knock in the FA Cup this season, boss Arsene Wenger instead opting for Joel Campbell and then Mesut Ozil in wide areas in the victories over Hull City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

However, with Campbell out on loan and star player Alexis Sanchez expected to sit out, the former United striker could well start the match, and it would prove a shrewd decision by Wenger.

The North London outfit are among the favourites to win the FA Cup, and the chance to create history both for the team and on a personal scale will give Welbeck that extra motivation to succeed.

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