Sunday 20 January 2019

Wenger would have preferred Welbeck loan

ARSENE Wenger would not have signed Danny Welbeck on a permanent deal if he had been in England on transfer deadline day but Louis van Gaal seems delighted to see the back of him.

"If I'd stayed at home he wouldn't be here now," said Wenger who travelled to Rome for a charity game on the final day of the window.

Asked to expand, Wenger refused but did concede that he would have preferred to sign Welbeck on a loan deal.

Wenger added: "Welbeck brings quality and a team attitude and, as you can see with England, his goalscoring.

"I cannot tell you if Welbeck will start (against City) but it's a possibility. I have to assess the squad. Welbeck is young and I feel he can improve his career here - he is confident."

Van Gaal, when asked why he sold Welbeck, said: "With Danny Welbeck, yes, he was here from when he was nine. After coming back from Sunderland he has played three seasons for Manchester United.

"But he doesn't have the record of Van Persie or Rooney, and that is the standard. That is why we let him go - also because of Falcao, and the youngsters who can fit in."

"We give youth players a chance. The question is if they take the chance. It is, of course, more risky, but I think it is the only way to do it. Manchester United always have grown up players in the squad.

"I have already used a lot of youngsters in pre-season and in the season. I am always willing to give young players chances, but they have to take them."

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