£16 million was the price that Arsenal paid to Manchester United in order to sign Danny Welbeck. Taking into consideration that Welbeck is only 24 years old and is already being hailed to be one of the next big things of England, this is a bargain price for Arsenal as they have secured a talented youngster that can aid in the challenges that Arsenal has to face now and for the next years.
The transfer was completed on September 2 of the current year and when everything was officially announced and confirmed to the public it came as a huge surprise to many people as to why Manchester United decided to sell him at such a low price and why did Louis van Gaal offload Welbeck to one of their direct Premier League rivals, Arsenal?
Danny Welbeck has now revealed certain details concerning on why the transfer was completed as the English forward stated that he wanted to leave Manchester United one year ago as he felt uncomfortable playing under the system of the former coach David Moyes.
“Over the past year or so, I started to think about what’s best for me. At the time I was playing on the left wing a lot and in a 4–4-2, which is very difficult for me because I can’t make an impact on the game.I can play it to the best of my ability but that’s not best for the team, and I could make a bigger impact playing in my preferred position.
“You start to have thoughts but at that time you’re still going to training and I was still giving 100 per cent and giving my all in every single game but that’s just me, I’m not going to change that. But you do start to think about what’s best for you.” Danny Welbeck told the media.
When the transfer was officially done, Louis van Gaal stated that he did not regret selling Danny Welbeck. The English forward had the chance to demonstrate to Louis van Gaal that offloading him to Arsenal was going to be a huge loss for Manchester United as Arsenal faced off with United on November 22 in their Premier League match and Danny Welbeck played the entire match but could never make any kind of impact as Manchester United claimed the victory and it seemed like selling Welbeck was the correct decision for Louis van Gaal.