England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Arsenal signed Danny Welbeck after he had words with boss Arsene Wenger regarding the forward’s ability, Goal.com has reported.
Welbeck has been a key part of the England setup throughout Hodgson’s tenure, which began in May 2012. He has started most competitive games despite not always being a regular for his club, as at former side Manchester United he often found himself down the pecking order, and even when he did play, he often found himself playing in wide areas.
He joined Arsenal in a high-profile £16m move last summer and has played regularly, albeit mainly playing wide in support of central striker Olivier Giroud. He has managed eight goals and five assists in his 29 appearances so far for the Gunners, and since the move he has stated his belief that going to North London has made him a better player.
And Hodgson has revealed how words with Wenger helped lead to Arsenal signing the 24-year-old. He said: “I speak to him [Wenger] very often. We spoke of course before he signed him [Welbeck] and I was singing Danny’s praises, so I’m delighted Arsene has seen that my judgment wasn’t wrong and that he shares that judgment. We like Danny very much [with the national team]. We’ve always shown faith in Danny.”
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