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DONE DEAL: Danny Welbeck joins Arsenal

Arsenal have completed the signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United.

Richard Heathcote

Well, that took long enough. Danny Welbeck has left Manchester United to join Arsenal. The 23-year-old England international has signed a 5-year deal and has been exchanged for a fee of £16m.

Welbeck came through United's academy and has been attached to the club from the age of nine. He leaves having made 142 appearances over five and a bit seasons, scoring 29 goals in that time. Never prolific, then. But much of that time was spent either coming on as a substitute or shunted wide on the wing, duties he accepted with significantly greater stoicism than some of his former colleagues.

At Arsenal, we should find out whether the suspicion of many United fans -- that a run as a proper striker would pay dividends -- was true. If so, then United may well have shot themselves spectacularly in the foot; for all that Radamel Falcao is an obvious upgrade, that's come at the cost of strengthening a direct rival. We can only assume that Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward have reached the decision that he's simply not good enough.

Anyway. Best of luck to him, and all that, but it's a sad day. Strike the banners. Silence the trumpets. Bring out the muffled drums. Welbz, Manchester United's Welbz, is no longer dat guy.