Danny Welbeck wants to take the confidence from Arsenal’s victory over Manchester United into the next Premier League game when the Gunners go to Southampton.
Arsene Wenger’s side have four games remaining and can still secure a spot in the top four and gain Champions League football for next season.
They gave themselves a leg-up with the 2-0 triumph over Jose Mourinho’s side yesterday at the Emirates thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Welbeck. And Welbeck, who signed for Arsenal from United in 2014, hopes to be able to recover from the efforts against his former side to be in tip-top shape for the cash with the Saints
Next up is a visit to St Mary’s on Wednesday and Welbeck says the win needs to be used to inspire another decent display and, hopefully, coming away from the south coast with three points.
He said: “The win is a boost but it’s something we’ve got to build on. We’ve still got quite a few games left until the end of the season so we’ve got to build on this performance and take it further. It’s something we’ve got to take game-by-game. It’s going to be very difficult. I think now this game’s behind us we’re going to rest and recover and get ready for the next game.”
Meanwhile, Welbeck has reflected on his goal, a sublime header delivered past David de Gea, and his link up play with the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He points out that playing with the Ox for England and more latterly with the Gunners, has helped their understanding.
He added: “With Ox I’ve played with him for quite a number of years now. We’re always talking on and off the pitch about getting that link up going. So he kind of knows where I’m going to be and I know where he wants to put the ball as well, so it’s nice.”
And Welbeck ahs liftend the lid on why he enjoys scoring goals so much against United despite spending more than a decade at Old Trafford. He said: “I grew up there and everything so it’s a special place in my life. But once we get on that pitch, it’s business. When you score you’ve got to be happy, haven’t you?”