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Welbeck left for Arsenal after being told he was "fifth-choice"

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According to reports, Danny Welbeck was told in no uncertain terms that he was surplus to requirement at Manchester United.

Alex Livesey

It's post-transfer window fallout time, ladies and gentlemen! As players begin to settle into their new clubs, we begin to learn exactly why they found themselves being turfed out of their previous ones. And in the case of Arsenal's Danny Welbeck -- nope, still looks weird -- it appears that he was given little hope of regular football at Old Trafford.

That's according to the Times [£], anyway. Apparently James Wilson, the young 18-year-old who scored twice on his debut at the end of last season, is fourth choice, behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and new arrival Radamel Falcao. (Perhaps not in that order.) Quite the statement of faith in Wilson from Louis van Gaal, and quite the snub for Welbeck.

This presents an interesting conundrum for some of United's critics in the press. Hard to criticise Van Gaal for abandoning the club's tradition of bringing through young players when he's junked a 23-year-old in favour of an 18-year-old. But let's not lose sight of the real message here. Fifth-choice for Manchester United equals first-choice at Arsenal.