While Arsenal fans will be celebrating a rare Old Trafford win all week and sticking it to any Man United fans that we can get hold of, Arsene Wenger will be focusing straight away on the next game. In fact the Frenchman will probably be planning for the next three games, which come for Arsenal in the space of seven days.
One of the big decisions that Wenger now has to make is what to do with Danny Welbeck. The England international was brought back in against his former club and he did not disappoint, scoring the winning goal from his favoured centre forward role.
Our stand in captain Per Mertesacker has spoken to Arsenal Player about the striker and the German defender clearly thinks that Danny’s desire and determination to impress were key factors in his performance.
Per said, “Danny was really motivated and you could see that in the first half. He was always demanding balls and trying to get through but we kept him patient and he pressed from the top in the second half.
“For him, leaving a great place like here was not an easy decision. He was a great player here but he continues at Arsenal. I think he has done extremely well this season and I hope we do it again and again.
“He was rewarded with a special goal for him, but as a team we defended from the top and that was the key.”
However, if Wenger drops him straight back to the bench for the West Ham game on Saturday, we could be wasting the chance to build on Welbeck’s motivation as well as his confidence. And I’m sure he will still be fired up to show that United made a mistake. There is also the upcoming England squad to consider and his motivation to keep his place in it.
Would you keep Welbeck in the starting line-up and if so would you keep him at centre forward or move him back out wide?