Danny Welbeck has finally revealed the source of the annoying phenomenon of referring to him as 'dat guy' for any reason whatsoever.
The catchphrase is so closely associated with the catchphrase that there is even a successful Tumblr page dedicated purely to making sure the meme lives on. But despite it's prevalence on social media, no one seemed capable of finding the source.
Finally, we have a face to throw our frustrations at, and who better than controversial former Manchester United wonderkid Ravel Morrison. Having recently been cleared of threatening to throw acid in his ex-girlfriend's face, it hasn't taken the midfielder long to be back in the limelight. Luckily for him it is for much more lighthearted reasons.
"I think I scored a goal and Rav tweeted ‘Welbz is dat guy’ but it could be anything – dat guy could be anyone."
The source is revealed
Welbeck told Arsenal.com: “It started when Ravel Morrison tweeted it [in February 2013] and everyone just cottoned on to it. It’s a bit of slang in Manchester.
"Growing up, if you do something people often say, ‘he’s dat guy’. I think I scored a goal and Rav tweeted ‘Welbz is dat guy’ but it could be anything – dat guy could be anyone. It’s hard to explain."
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Having moved from Manchester to London, it was hoped by many that the obsession would die down. Welbeck says that his new team-mates have not taken to calling him so far, apart from one.
Arsenal stars catch on
He continued: “In high school people used to say it all the time, a teacher can be ‘dat guy’ if you don’t like him! But it is usually used in a complementary way. Not many of the guys have used it at Arsenal yet, although Ox has joked around saying it a few times. I didn’t realise it would be such a big thing on the internet!”
While Morrison and Welbeck grew up together at Manchester United, they have cut significantly different paths for themselves away from Old Trafford.
Welbeck is forging a successful partnership with Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal while Morrison is spending a season on loan at Cardiff City in the Championship. Morrison had started to make an impact at West Ham but reportedly fell out with manager Sam Allardyce and was subsequently loaned out.
Moving down south
The Arsenal striker does not seem to be following that kind of path. In fact, Welbeck says he is settling to life in London swimmingly.
He said: “It’s a bit different in London, because obviously I was born and bred in Manchester so that’s a place I know like the back of my hand. I went to school there and you really get to know the city. Manchester is much smaller so you do know a lot of people in the vicinity.
“There were a lot of people in Manchester that I was connected to so it is a bit different coming to London and not knowing as many people, but I have got friends down here and my cousin has been working here for a few years now. It is a change for me but something I’m really looking forward to – starting a new adventure.”