Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has dismissed Man United manager Louis Van Gaal’s criticism of his scoring record whilst opening up about his ‘transitional period’ at Arsenal and his preference for the central striking role.
Speaking to BBC Football Focus the young England international opened up about a number of topics including his celebration against former club Man United. When asked about his thoughts on Van Gaal’s criticism he said the following,
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion – some you like, some you don’t,”
“It’s football, it’s life. You deal with it.”
He also spoke about the importance of a strong mentality in such a high pressure environment,
“You’ve got to be strong mentally living the life of being a professional footballer – there’s a lot of people out to get you,” added Welbeck, the top scorer in European Championship qualifying.
“Everyone is watching. You just have to be switched on all the time.”
Welbeck also touched on the impact of a transitional period which has seen him adapt to playing in a new system with new teammates,
“It’s a transitional year for me and getting to know new players, team-mates, systems, new ways of going about things,”
It certainly seems as though Welbeck still feels he has an awful lot to give to Arsenal and considering he has only provided 8 goals in all competitions this year I don’t think you will find many Arsenal fans who will disagree with that sentiment. During the interview Welbeck also spoke about the ‘heat of the moment’ celebration at Old Trafford after scoring against his former side in the Quarter final,
“I just wanted to play the game, get it over and done with and get through to Wembley. I scored the goal and whatever I did would have been criticised. It was just spur of the moment.”
I know that celebration was a moment a lot of Arsenal fans enjoyed and should he play any part this weekend, Gunners fans will be hoping he can have a similar impact against Reading.
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