Arsenal striker Welbeck shrugs off van Gaal criticism

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has ignored criticism from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal over his goalscoring record, BBC Sport has reported.

It was van Gaal’s decision to allow Welbeck to move to the Emirates Stadium for £16m late in last summer’s transfer window amid a big-money spending spree which saw Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao arrive in Manchester.

Welbeck began his career at Man Utd but was never totally guaranteed a regular first-team place, while he has seen a lot more action at Arsenal, scoring eight goals in 32 matches in all competitions. They include the winner against his former club in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in March.

Recently, van Gaal stated that he sold Welbeck because the 24-year-old could not match the standards set by his fellow Man Utd strikers, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, but when those comments were put to him, the England star laughed them off, saying: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion – some you like, some you don’t. It’s football, it’s life. You deal with it.

“You’ve got to be strong mentally living the life of being a professional footballer – there’s a lot of people out to get you. Everyone is watching. You just have to be switched on all the time.”

On Saturday, Welbeck will be attempting to help Arsenal into the FA Cup final as they look to defend the crown they won last year. Championship side Reading provide the opposition at Wembley.

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