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Danny Welbeck: I've improved since leaving Manchester United

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck believes he's improved as a player since leaving Manchester United last summer, and feels that he is growing into his role in Arsene Wenger's team.

The Red Devils academy graduate was sold to the Gunners in a £16 million deal on transfer deadline day back in September, and has taken his time to settle in north London, but now feels he's starting to produce some of his best form.

Welbeck will return to Old Trafford when Arsenal take on Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final clash on Monday evening, and plenty of attention will be on the England international if he's selected in Wenger's starting XI to face his former club.

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Looking back on his first six months at the Emirates Stadium, Welbeck - who has scored seven goals in 27 appearances in all competitions - reflected pretty positively, although he's aware there's still plenty of time to develop further.

"I think it’s gone okay," he was quoted telling reporters by Goal.com. "I wish to do a lot more, definitely will do and it’s something I want to build on and keep progressing. But I feel like I’ve improved.

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"It’s different going from one team to another, settling in and once you get past that stage you want to keep pushing on and get a second to none understanding with team mates on the pitch. Once you build that relationship on the pitch, things will only get better.

“There’s so many good players at Arsenal. Obviously training every single day, you get to know them better. You get to know what they like to do, what side they like to go on, where to play passes through and so on."

“There’s so many good players at Arsenal," - Danny Welbeck

One of the main attractions of moving to Arsenal for Welbeck was the opportunity to play in his preferred central striker position, a role that was very rarely afforded to him during his time at the Theatre of Dreams.

However, despite starting out at the focal point of the Gunners attack, the return from injury of Olivier Giroud has pushed the 24-year-old out wide again, prompting speculation that Welbeck is already growing frustrated in the capital.

The Manchester United reject was quick to rubbish those suggestions, though, insisting he is just happy to pull on the shirt and do a job anywhere in the team.

“I play football, I can play across the front three positions, depending on who is available, what formation, coming up against different opponents," he explained. "The manager is going to select who he thinks is best for the game.

“The last few weeks we’ve not spoken about different positions. Once I get out onto the pitch I will just give it 100 per cent."

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