Rooney backs Welbeck’s Arsenal move
Wayne Rooney believes Danny Welbeck’s move
from Manchester United to Arsenal will have a
positive effect on England’s striking options.
Welbeck completed an estimated £16million
switch to the Emirates Stadium on transfer
deadline day after the arrivals of Radamel Falcao
and Angel di Maria further limited his first-team
chances under Louis van Gaal.
He could be set for an extended run in Arsene
Wenger’s side when domestic football resumes
next week, with Olivier Giroud sidelined for four
And, while Rooney accepts Welbeck had a difficult
decision to make in leaving his boyhood club, the
United and England skipper believes the 23-year-
old has made a switch that will benefit all
“Danny is a lively player, an impact player,”
Rooney told Sky Sports.
“He is quick, he can score goals and I am sure with
him getting the move to Arsenal now, hopefully
he can play up front for Arsenal. That will really
help him with England.
“He is a Manchester lad and I spoke to him a few
“It was a really tough decision for him to move,
but for his professional career, he felt he had to.
“Hopefully he can get a few games up front which
would benefit him for England.”
Welbeck will be hoping to take advantage of
Daniel Sturridge’s thigh injury to line up alongside
Rooney in England’s attack when they open their
Euro 2016 qualification campaign in Switzerland
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