Arsenal hat-trick hero Welbeck takes aim at Van Gaal

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has hit back at Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal after this week’s Champions League hat-trick.

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Van Gaal claimed Welbeck’s goal return was not up to Manchester United standard after sanctioning his £16m sale to Arsenal.

Welbeck said: “Nobody can really criticise my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often.

“But now I am getting into these positions I want to be sticking the ball in the back of the net.

“Obviously people can say I’ve not scored enough goals, but you stick the best strikers on the wing in a four-man midfield and see if they score goals.

“If you’re getting goals and getting a run of games in your preferred position, your confidence is going to grow and performances are going to grow as well.

“That is something I am really looking forward to doing, building on those performances.

“I wouldn’t say I feel different. Maybe beforehand, sometimes I wasn’t getting through on goal if I was coming from a four-man midfield.

“Obviously it’s difficult to leave your position and go and get goal-scoring opportunities.

“But I’m getting into these positions much more regularly now, and I’m looking forward to sticking the ball in the back of the net.”

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