Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck on the reception he got from Manchester United fans

Welbeck Claps

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is happy with the reception he got from Manchester United fans on his return to Old Trafford on Monday.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has thanked the Manchester United fans for their reception on the club’s official website.

On Monday evening, the England international striker played against his former club United at Old Trafford for the first time since leaving them in the summer of 2014.

The 24-year-old started the FA Cup quarter-final tie and proved to be decisive, scoring the third goal of the match just past the hour mark to make it 2-1 to the Gunners.

Not many would have expected Welbeck to celebrate the goal, but he did, despite the fact that he was widely applauded by the United fans at Old Trafford at the start of the game.

When the Englishman was substituted for Olivier Giroud in the 74th minute, he was jeered by some of the United supporters.

Welbeck, though, was happy with the reception he got at Old Trafford and told Arsenal’s official website: “It was a great reception. It was hard for me but I tried to be respectful.”

Speaking on scoring the goal that knocked his former club out of the FA Cup, the 24-year-old said: “To get the goal was good for me but it was all about the team performance tonight.”

“I stayed professional and I was just doing my job, added Welbeck. “To be able to get back on the scoresheet and get through to the next round is the most important thing.”

Welbeck has not been in exactly great form for Arsenal this season, but he showed his importance to Arsene Wenger’s team with a well-taken goal against United.

The striker has not always been played in his preferred central role and is not guaranteed a place in the starting line-up due to the current form of Olivier Giroud.

In 20 Premier League appearances so far this season, Welbeck has scored four goals and created 27 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 53%.

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