Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere played a key role in order to persuade Danny Welbeck to leave Manchester United for the Gunners instead of rivals Tottenham according to the Sun.
Welbeck completed his move to Arsenal on deadline day for a fee of around £16 million having agreed a five year contract in north London.
The young striker was linked with a move to Tottenham before he finalised his switch to Arsenal as Radamel Falcao arrived at Manchester United, and according to the Sun, Wilshere was instrumental in making that happen.
Both Wilshere and Welbeck were present at Arsenal's London Colney training ground for England's upcoming fixtures against Norway and Switzerland - and that was where the Arsenal man worked his magic.
He reportedly told Welbeck that Arsenal was a better option for him than Tottenham, and evidently it worked. The paper quote a source as saying: “Jack did his best to try and convince his England team-mate — and it certainly worked.”
Although Arsenal fans were desperate for boss Arsene Wenger to sign a striker before the close of the transfer window, and although not everyone was entirely pleased with the new acquisition, club legend Alan Smith backed him to shine.
“It’s good news for the player first and foremost and good news for Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“To be fair, I think Arsenal is the only club that Danny wanted to go to and United weren’t all that keen to sell him to a rival, which you can understand. Maybe he stood his ground and they had a change of heart at United.
“I think it’s important that it’s a permanent deal because he’s still only young and he’s got his best years to come, I’m convinced of that.
“Perhaps with Falcao coming in, Manchester United are confident of selling, but I know a lot of Manchester United fans are upset.
“That’s not because they’re particularly sorry to see the player go or the talent that they’re losing, but because he’s a Sir Alex Ferguson player who came through the ranks and encapsulated everything that was good about Manchester United.
“I think they are upset about that.”
With Welbeck moving to Arsenal, Manchester United swooped for Radamel Falcao, snapping up the Colombian on a loan deal with the option to make his switch to Old Trafford permanent next season.
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