Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck gives Gunners edge over top-four rival

With Manchester United’s attack devoid of a player with real pace and penetration, Louis van Gaal could use the English star.

Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four have been boosted by excellent domestic form of late, with the scrap for Champions League qualification seemingly set to go down to the wire.

Although Arsene Wenger’s transfer business has been scrutinised by the Emirates Stadium faithful in the past, one piece of business appears to have weakened a significant rival.

Danny Welbeck was brought to North London after falling down the pecking list at Manchester United and has shown on occasion that he can add to the Gunners’ dynamic attack.

However, with the Old Trafford side and Arsenal set to be direct rivals for a place in the top four, Louis van Gaal’s men may well be feeling the absence of someone of Welbeck’s ilk in the Premier League run-in.

With Robin van Persie ageing and injured, Radamel Falcao looking like a shell of the player that excelled at Atletico Madrid and Wayne Rooney operating in midfield on occasion, something seems missing in United’s attack.

Louis van Gaal’s men are lacking a striker with devastating pace and movement off the ball to threaten in behind opposition defences – something that Welbeck could have offered if he was still at his boyhood club.

Although the England international has his limitations, had he still been at United Welbeck could have offered something different to a one-dimensional attack that has not convinced since the turn of the year.

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