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Danny Welbeck "not up to standard" at Manchester United

Danny Welbeck joined Arsenal on the last day of the transfer window. Credit: PA

The Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has said the club agreed to sell the England striker Danny Welbeck to Arsenal because he did not have the goalscoring record of other strikers at the club.

Welbeck joined the Gunners right at the end of the transfer window after United brought in Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. He scored ten times for United last season.

"With Danny Welbeck, yes, he was here from when he was nine. After coming back from Sunderland he has played three seasons for Manchester United. But he doesn't have the record of Van Persie or Rooney, and that is the standard."

– Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United Manager

Welbeck could get his first game in an Arsenal shirt against Manchester City on Saturday.

Gunners sign Welbeck

Danny Welbeck on duty with England Credit: Reuters

Arsenal have announced the signing of England international forward Danny Welbeck from Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, who is currently with Roy Hodgson's national squad ahead of fixtures against Norway and Switzerland, has signed a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium to become Arsene Wenger's fifth summer signing - with the deal announced almost two hours after the initial transfer deadline had passed.

He leaves United after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford - developing his craft with loan spells at Preston and Sunderland - but new Red Devils' boss Louis van Gaal has allowed the player to leave in search of regular first-team football.

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Has Arsenal secured Danny Welbeck?

Could Danny Welbeck be moving to Arsenal? Credit: PA

Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Manchester United and England forward Danny Welbeck as talks continue to complete the deal before the close of the transfer window.

The 23-year-old appears set to be given the opportunity to leave Old Trafford.

The Gunners must secure a deal before the 11pm deadline.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is at a charity football event in Rome.

Football fans mock Wenger as he travels to Rome on transfer deadline day

Gunners fans are getting anxious on Twitter, as a photo taken at Heathrow Airport appears to show manager Arsene Wenger travelling to Rome to referee a charity football match on transfer deadline day.

Hull to move for West Ham's Mo Diame?

Various sources saying Hull are in for West Ham's Mo Diame

West Ham United's Mo Diame - a target for Hull? Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire.

And, the Guardian are reporting that both Arsenal and Spurs are interested in Manchester City's Serbian defender Matija Nastastic.

Could Manchester City's Matija Nastasic be on his way to a London club? Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wenger: Arsenal's experience will be crucial

Aaron Ramsey was sent off during the first leg in Istanbul. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger is hoping that his team's big match experience will see them through to the group stage of the Champions League. The Gunners must beat Besiktas tonight at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying tie - the first leg last week finished 0-0.

However, they will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey who is suspended after being sent off in Istanbul. Striker Olivier Giroud is also out after picking up an injury. But Wenger believes his team is strong enough to cope:

Experience plays a big part. We have big experience in the Champions League of playing high pressure games and we can use that. This group is strong and mentally prepared and ready for the fight. What's most important is that we go out and play at our best.

– Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Manager

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Wenger: "We can survive" without Champions League money

Arsene Wenger is hoping to lead the Gunners to the group stage for the 17th consecutive season. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger has said that his club will adapt financially if they fail to qualify for the lucrative group stage of the Champions League. Arsenal play Besiktas tonight at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their qualifying tie. The first leg in Istanbul finished 0-0 so the Gunners are at risk of going out, especially if they concede an away goal.

A place in the group stage is worth millions of pounds but Wenger said his club could cope if they fail to qualify:

"It will affect us because we'll have less income, but it will not affect our balance sheet in a dramatic way because we can survive without that. We want to be in the Champions League because we want to play top level football. Financially we've always adapted. When we had small resources, we always adapted to having small resources."

– Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Manager

Aaron Ramsey apologises for getting sent off in Champions League qualifier

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said sorry for the red card he received in last night's Champions League qualifying match against Besiktas. He will be suspended for the second leg next week.

Wenger criticises referee over Ramsey red card

Aaron Ramsey heads to the dressing room after his red card in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters/Murad Sezer

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the performance of referee Milorad Mazic was "very bad" during last night's first leg match of their Champions League qualifying tie. The Gunners drew 0-0 away to the Turkish side Besiktas but had midfielder Aaron Ramsey sent off for two yellow cards.

Neither the first nor the second yellow card was deserved for Aaron Ramsey. In the second half the performance of the referee was very bad. Ramsey's second yellow card, I cannot see where that comes from, it was a huge decision.

– Arsene Wenger

The second leg is at the Emirates Stadium in a week's time.

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