Arsenal star confident he has improved since leaving Manchester United

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Arsenal star Danny Welbeck is set to return to Old Trafford for the first time on Monday.

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck says he is confident he has improved as a player during his debut campaign at the Gunners, the Mirror report.

The England international joined Arsenal last summer, trading Manchester United for North London on the final day of the transfer window.

Coming through the youth ranks at the Red Devils, the 24-year-old natural striker was often deployed out on the wing to accommodate the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the middle.

Despite finally nailing down his favoured central role upon his move to the Emirates, Olivier Giroud’s return from a lengthy injury layoff has seen Welbeck once again switched to a wide role.

However, speaking ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash at Old Trafford on Monday, Welbeck is adamant that the decision to join Wenger’s men was the correct one and commented on his improvement this season.

“I think it has gone okay. I wish to do a lot more, definitely will do and it’s something I want to build on and keep progressing,” Welbeck explained. “But I feel like I’ve improved.

“It’s different going from one team to another, settling in and once you get past that stage you want to keep pushing on and get a second to none understanding with team mates on the pitch.

“Once you build that relationship on the pitch, things will only get better. There’s so many good players at Arsenal. Obviously training every single day, you get to know them better.”

  TeamSeasonGoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttTotal Att AssistFinal Third EntriesPen Area EntriesAppearancesMins Played
Danny Welbeck Man Utd 2013-2014 9 46 19 13 50 13 25 1,459
Danny Welbeck Arsenal / Man Utd 2014-2015 4 48 20 29 45 16 22 1,558
Danny Welbeck Man Utd 2012-2013 1 39 9 22 35 12 27 1,288

Welbeck to start on Monday?

Welbeck has featured sparingly over the last two matches – QPR and Everton – after disappointing during the Gunners’ Champions League defeat to Monaco last week.

Wenger has a number of attacking options at his disposal, and in Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott he has an attacking trio behind the main striker as good as any in the Premier League.

However, Welbeck has his own qualities and will be desperate to show United that on Monday and prove how wrong they were to sell him – an incentive which may persuade Wenger to include him in the XI.

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