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Arsenal fans are furious with Danny Welbeck for blatant dive against AC Milan

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Arsenal's Europa League adventure carries more significance than ever before now that the rest of their season is essentially in tatters.

Sitting sixth in the Premier League some 12 points behind fourth with just eight games to play, Arsenal also exited the FA Cup at the third round stage and fell in the EFL Cup final to Manchester City.

The Europa League is a viable way for Arsenal to book their place in the Champions League next season, just like Manchester United managed to do last season.

However, as desperate as the Gunners are to rub shoulders with Europe's elite once more, some of their fans did not appreciate the lengths Danny Welbeck seemingly went to on Thursday night.

Earlier in the day, Welbeck earned himself a recall to the England squad.

"It's obvious to everyone that we have a very small number of players available for selection, on top of that, many of the top players are out," England boss Gareth Southgate told reporters.

"With not long until the World Cup I now have to look beyond players in form for their clubs. Danny comes in as a replacement for Harry as a player who can run in behind."

CONTROVERSY

Arsenal, leading 2-0 from the first leg in Milan, fell behind to a special Hakan Calhanoglu strike in the first half, but the Italian giants wouldn't hold the lead long.

Just four minutes later, England international Welbeck scored from the spot to put Arsenal back in control of the tie in north London. However, the manner in which he won the penalty did not sit well with the Gooners on Twitter.

As you can see below, there is a delayed reaction before Welbeck falls after crossing the path of the Milan defender with little, if any contact.

Arsenal fans normally applaud Welbeck for his attitude and hard work, but they felt let down on this occasion.

Still, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been pleased to have the injury-prone Welbeck back at his disposal and speaking before Christmas, he believed the former Manchester United man would force his way back into the fold for the Three Lions

"I remember especially [Emmanuel] Petit for example in '98 [when France triumphed]. He made it in March, April, May.

Arsenal v AC Milan - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

GOONERS NOT HAPPY

"Danny has the potential to go. If he is fit, he will go. I am convinced of that.

"It is a big year for him but I want it to be a big year for him at Arsenal."

You could argue that Welbeck knew exactly what he was doing and it seems that Twitter is pretty unanimous in condemning the 27-year-old for his actions.

What do you think of Welbeck's penalty incident - was it a dive? Let us know in the comments section below.

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