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Ex-Man Utd youth director tweets about Danny Welbeck's dive v AC Milan

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All eyes were on Danny Welbeck ahead of Arsenal's second leg clash with AC Milan and he certainly had an eventful night at the Emirates Stadium.

With Alexandre Lacazette still on the sidelines, Gooners were hoping that Welbeck can finally take his opportunity as Arsenal's lead man just hours after making Gareth Southgate's latest English squad. And, on the surface, he did just that.

Welbeck bagged a brace against the Rosseneri - slotting a penalty cooly past Gianluigi Donnarumma and nodding home a second in the dying minutes.

Great, right? Well, not exactly.

The way the Englishman won that aforementioned penalty was shady to the say the least and the replays diagnosed the incident as simulation. Welbeck dashed into the box alongside the Milan defender only to tumble to the ground under little to no contact.

Danny Welbeck panned for AC Milan dive

Astonishingly, the goal-line assistant awarded the penalty and at a time where Arsenal were under pressure after Hakan Çalhanoğlu's opening goal.

To say the 27-year-old received a backlash would be putting things mildly. Even Arsenal fans turned on him and the Mirror awarded him a rating of 0 for the match, stating: "The dive gets a big fat 0 and nothing can excuse it. Highly embarrassing."

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They weren't alone, though, and one of the most notable strands of reaction came from none other than Brian McClair who was a key figure in Welbeck's rise through the ranks at Manchester United.

Ex-Man Utd youth mentor reacts on Twitter

The former youth academy director tweeted his disappointment, penning:

Ah yes, that Arsene Wenger quote that will haunt him over the coming days.

The Frenchman decreed back in February: "I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it. But English players have learned very quickly and might be the masters now."

He might be onto something and McClair was certainly disappointed that his old prodigy - Welbeck - has given evidence to those claims. The inclusion of the crying face emoji suggests he thought better of the English striker.


Ultimately, though, it helped Arsenal progress to the Europa League quarter-finals and his two goals in north London shouldn't be completely undermined by something that is becoming increasingly common in modern football.

We can't imagine him getting away with that under the gaze of Sir Alex Ferguson, mind.

Do you think Danny Welbeck was out of order? Have your say in the comments section below.

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