Jack Wilshere has questioned Manchester United's decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for £16 million.
The England striker joined the Gunners on the final day of the summer transfer window after Louis van Gaal decided to move for AS Monaco star Radamel Falcao. Welbeck was given the chance to leave Old Trafford and Arsenal were one of few clubs able to agree a fee.
The deal has drawn criticism from a number of Manchester United legends. Gary Neville is the latest to come out against the decision, saying he found it hard to understand Van Gaal's decision.
After seeing Welbeck score twice for England against Switzerland, Wilshere has stated that he thinks Arsenal have got themselves a bargain. He also believes Arsenal would never sell a youth product to a rival.
'It won't happen'
“Gary Neville knows what he’s talking about. He probably said what he said because Danny’s a Manchester United boy, he grew up there,” he is quoted as saying by Goal.
“It’s a bit like Arsenal letting me go for £16m. It probably won’t happen.
“In today’s market £16m is nothing really. With the quality Danny’s got, we have a bargain.
“There are not many players that leave one top club for another in England, especially English players. It’s unheard of really.
“Danny can make the difference for Arsenal this season. He has great quality and will be good for us.”
Not good enough
Van Gaal attempted to justify the decision to sell Welbeck in a press conference yesterday. The Dutchman claimed that Welbeck's poor record of goal scoring was critical, leaving him with little choice but to cash in.
He said: “Yes, Danny Welbeck was here from when he was nine. He has played, after [his 2010-11 loan at] Sunderland, three seasons at Manchester United but he doesn’t have the record of [Robin] Van Persie or [Wayne] Rooney and that is the standard. That is why we let him go – because of Falcao but also the youngsters who can fit in.”
Welbeck's debut season as an Arsenal player will be crucial. Not only is this his chance to prove Van Gaal wrong, but also that he can make it if given the chance to be the main man up front. However, Wilshere is also facing a crucial season at Arsenal after failing to impress for the majority of last term.
Wilshere says he is determined to ignore harsh criticism this term and believes the advice offered by Wenger and the Arsenal coaches are all he needs.
“I know the people who are going to help me in my career and who has an influence on me – the boss [Arsene Wenger] and a few coaches who I respect,” he added. “Everyone else can say what they want – I won’t listen to them.
“I think age is an easy excuse and I will never use it. You know, I’ve been around for a while now, it’s six years since I made my debut. In a normal career that would be 20 years, but football is a short career. I’m feeling good, fully fit and raring to go.
“When I was younger, I’d look at the criticism and when you have a bad game it gets on top of you. But in football you play every three days so there is always a time to put it right.”