Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck Explains Why He Celebrated Against His Former Club

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In a 2-0 win for Arsenal over their rivals Manchester United, Danny Welbeck’s celebration after his goal became the talking point of the match. The Englishman gave the Gunners a two-goal lead in the 57th minute, after he headed home Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross, shortly after Granit Xhaka’s deflected strike put the hosts in front.

The Englnad international had signed for Arsenal in 2014, after a completing a 13-year tenure at Manchester United, and seems to have developed a tendency to score against his former side since moving to the Emirates. Welbeck’s goal had knocked out United from FA Cup a couple of years ago.

The ex-united man insisted that it was “only normal” for him to celebrate a goal against his former employers, as Arsenal kept their top-four hopes alive with the win and brushed off the ‘don’t celebrate against your former club’ trend.

Following the game, the striker commented on his decision to celebrate, and explained why he had no problem doing so, despite the fact some considered the gesture disrespectful.

“I grew up there and it’s a special place in my life, but once we get on that pitch, it’s just business at the end of the day,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s for the team. When you score you’ve got to be happy. It’s only normal.”

Aaron Ramsey was named man of the match for his efforts against Jose Mourinho’s side, and Arsenal currently remain sixth with 63 points, but can surpass fifth-placed United with victory at Southampton on Wednesday, who are just 2 points ahead of the Gunners with one extra game played.


Written by Sidharth Jindal  

Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.

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