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[14] Danny Welbeck on leaving United, something he’d been thinking about for some time

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  • [14] Danny Welbeck on leaving United, something he’d been thinking about for some time

    “When you’ve been somewhere for so long and then you’re going to start a new chapter in your career, you’ve got to think about it a lot. Over the past year or so, I started to think about what’s best for me because at the time I was playing on the left wing a lot and in a 4–4-2, which is very difficult for me because I can’t make an impact on the game. I can play it to the best of my ability but that’s not best for the team, and I could make a bigger impact playing in my preferred position. You start to have thoughts but at that time you’re still going to training and I was still giving 100 per cent and giving my all in every single game – that’s just me, I’m not going to change that. But you do start to think about what’s best for you. The chance to sign for Arsenal came up but I was quite calm about it. I was with the England team and sat in my hotel room at The Grove with Jordan Henderson just chilling, just doing what I’d normally do and waiting for a phone call to see what was going to happen. But every time we went to breakfast, lunch and dinner, Jack Wilshere was on my case, asking ‘has it happened yet?’ There was dialogue between Arsenal and Manchester United obviously but at that time you don’t know. At the end of the night it was good that everything was all clear in terms of what I was doing. Arsenal is the place for me to advance my career and take me to the next level. Time will tell how it goes but I’m really looking forward to this new challenge.”
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