Manchester United’s 4-2 win over Manchester United threw up the following surprising statistic.
Since making a £15m move from United to Arsenal, Welbeck has only scored eight goals in 31 games, with just four coming in the Premier League - the same amount as a central defender that everyone thinks is rubbish.
Welbeck was never been a consistent scorer at Old Trafford, having spent much of his time at United either on the bench or played on the flanks. The move to Arsenal was meant to be Welbeck’s chance to move centre stage.
With Arsenal loaded with talents on the wings and Olivier Giroud having previously failed to convince as the club’s main striker, this was Welbeck’s chance to prove that he was best utilised through the middle. Instead it’s been the same old story, with Giroud having his best ever season at Arsenal, leaving Welbeck to play second fiddle.
Louis Van Gaal brutally explained that he sold Welbeck because he wasn’t up to the standards required. Was he right and have Arsenal dropped a clanger in buying him?