Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has lauded former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck after a 2-0 win against Man United on Sunday (7/5/17).
According to Reuters, Arsenal scored twice at the Emirates in three minutes through a deflected Granit Xhaka strike and Welbeck’s header to claim the win over United and inflict a first Premier League defeat on the visitors in 26 games.
“That’s the kind of goal you want from Danny. He has all the abilities a striker needs. Hopefully, that will give him a boost.
“We want to win our games. Some teams that are safe continue to fight. Let’s focus to win our games. Every win is important. We had a bad patch and seem to have recovered from it,” stated Wenger.
Welbeck has scored in each of his last three appearances against Manchester United for Arsenal in all competitions.
The victory keeps sixth-placed Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four finish alive, but they are six points adrift of Manchester City, who currently occupy the final Champions League qualifying slot.
The win also takes Arsenal within two points of fifth-placed United, who stay four points behind City having played the same number of games as their local rivals.
For all of United manager Jose Mourinho’s pre-match comments about fielding a weakened team, his only concession to youth in eight changes from his midweek Europa League team was 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe, who made his Premier League debut.
“We made eight changes. Of course, we knew we were not coming in our maximum power. That’s a decision. We want to try to win the Europa League – it’s more important than finishing fourth.
“The last trophy I won was three months ago. I didn’t care about that. Thursday is the match of the season. I hope Old Trafford feels the same, because we need Old Trafford,” reiterated Mourinho.
The Gunners have won successive home Premier League games against the Red Devils for the first time since November 2001.