Manchester United fans may not have been pleased with the return of former striker Danny Welbeck on Monday night - but it seems he is still on good terms with some members of staff at the club.
Welbeck was sold by United manager Louis van Gaal in the summer to Arsenal and made the Dutchman regret his decision as his goal saw the Gunners progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup where they will face either Bradford City or Reading.
The striker was greeted by members of staff as he entered Old Trafford pre-game and as his side went out to warm-up. The England international came through the ranks at the Manchester giants and scored 20 goals in 90 appearances at the club.
He was appreciated by fans who saw the decision to sell him as a potential mistake, one that was certainly backed up by his match-winning performance on Monday.
Welbeck has been in and out of the Arsenal side this season due to a thigh injury but his return has raised hopes that he can play a decisive role for the remainder of the season. The Gunners still have a battle on their hands for third place but only lie four points behind champions Manchester City in second.
Manager Arsene Wenger praised Welbeck's mental strength after the victory. He said: “We want all to do well when we play against our former club to show we are great players but it is not easy to deal with the mental aspect of it.
“He focused just on his game and played football the way he wanted to. He has showed mental strength.
“He just knew very late he would play.
“He wants to win, he is a team player. He is intelligent. He is a great talent and has done extremely well for the national team as well.”
Arsenal, meanwhile, host West Ham at the Emirates Stadium before a trip to Monaco on which they face an uphill struggle to revive their Champions League fortunes.
The Gunners were humiliated in the reverse fixture, losing 3-1 at home, and must score at least three goals themselves to even have a chance of progressing to the quarter-final.
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