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Reports: Arsenal to fork over $26 mil for Manchester United’s Welbeck

Sep 1, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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Two years ago, Arsenal fans watched as prized striker Robin van Persie moved from London to Manchester United.

This August, they are seeing a striker come back the other way, as multiple reports have England international Danny Welbeck moving from Old Trafford to the Emirates.

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The attacker, capable of playing winger but preferring striker, would go to North London a permanent deal said to be in the range of $26 million.

The 23-year-old — 24 in November — netted 10 times last season after a horrible 2012/13 under Alex Ferguson, but is surplus to requirements with Radamel Falcao reportedly headed to United on loan.

From the BBC’s David Ornstein:

“Arsenal have reached an agreement with Manchester United for the permanent signing of Danny Welbeck.

“The fee is in the region of £16m and there is no expectation that there will be any complications with the 23-year-old’s personal terms or medical checks.”

Looks like Arsenal had to double-down on overvalue with Welbeck coming both from a rival and bearing the Three Lions rep. The forward arrived to the international break with Wayne Rooney as teammates for club and country, and will walk away as bitter rivals.

Not a huge risk for the Gunners, but certainly a decent reward for Louis van Gaal. Arsenal is clearly hoping Danny Welbeck was held down in a similar fashion to Daniel Sturridge at Chelsea. Can he possibly work a similar renaissance?

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  1. bludvls07 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    No way Welbeck turns out as the next Daniel Sturridge. Like the post says, great sell for Man U… they can put his transfer fee towards Falcao’s massive wages

  2. bludvls07 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Arsenal over paying for a need but that’s supply and demand. Saying Welbeck could be the next Daniel Sturridge is a bit of a reach but perhaps a new start will be good for him.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      The comparables between Welbeck now and Sturridge pre-Liverpool loan are very similar. Obviously it takes a village to make the transformation Sturridge did, but both were often played out-of-position and stuck behind name strikers at giant clubs. It’s fair to think Arsenal sees something akin to that.

      • bludvls07 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        I agree with both players being played out of position, that is a great point. I think this move is probably far more motivated by Arsenal having a need for a striker with Giroud out for 3 months and Sonogo not really cutting it.

  3. andynormile - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    But what about the Arsenal defence. Only 6 recognised first team defenders, including Gibbs who is a permanent fixture in casualty, Chambers who is still raw, Koscielny who has already been injured twice, Monreal who doesn’t really cut it, and Mertesacker just back from the World Cup. How can Arsenal challenge on four fronts without more experienced defensive cover.
    Vermaelen was sold 3 weeks ago leaving plenty of time to find a replacement, and the only academy player with any experience Iggy Miquel was sold to Norwich.

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