Welbeck: Arsenal move has made me a better player

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has claimed that joining the club from rivals Manchester United last summer has allowed him to become a better player, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The England international moved to the Emirates Stadium in a high-profile £16m deal on transfer deadline day last summer, leaving United after manager Louis van Gaal failed to guarantee regular playing time as well as the club’s insistence on playing him in a wide position.

As Olivier Giroud is the first choice, Welbeck has also seen opportunities of playing through the middle hard to come by, but has established himself as a regular in the starting XI, going on to score seven goals in 26 appearances including a hat-trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League at the beginning of October.

He is set to return to Man Utd for the first time when the two sides meet in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday evening. And ahead of that game, the 24-year-old claimed his development as a player has been improved since moving to North London.

“I think it’s gone okay,’ he said. ‘I wish to do a lot more, definitely will do and it’s something I want to build on and keep progressing.

“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.’

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