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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

on Monday.

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