Wayne Rooney has backed former Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck to shine after his move to Premier League rivals Arsenal and thinks it may even end up being a good move for England.
Welbeck made the switch from Old Trafford to the Emirates Stadium after the Gunners were given an extension to complete the £16million deal after the 11pm cut off on transfer deadline day.
Not an easy decision
England and Manchester United captain Rooney was asked about his former teammate’s decision to leave the club he supported as a boy and, while he revealed it was a difficult decision, the centre-forward said he could understand it.
The presence of Rooney and Robin van Persie made getting minutes at centre-forward difficult enough for Welbeck, so the arrival of Radamel Falcao at Manchester United on deadline day all but confirmed he wouldn’t be playing there next season.
Arsene Wenger acted when the 23-year-old became available, as the Arsenal manager is in need of a striker after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until next year.
Welbeck will get a chance to play through the middle in north London and there had been some concerns over his scoring record, but Rooney doesn’t think that will be a problem and backed his former teammate to succeed, which would in turn make things better for his international side.
“Dan is quick, he can score goals and I am sure now that he has got his move to Arsenal and him playing up front there, that can only help England,” he is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“It was a big moment for him. He is a Manchester boy and it was a big decision for him to move. He felt he had to.
“Hopefully he can play a few games up front and that can benefit England. All I can say is that everyone in the dressing room respected him and we are friends. We’ll miss him in that dressing room and we wish him all the best.”
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