London - Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has told the BBC on
Tuesday that he was "sad" to see home-grown striker Danny Welbeck leave
the club for their English Premiership rivals Arsenal.
Welbeck, 23, was
allowed to join Arsenal in a deal reportedly worth £16 million on Monday after United agreed to sign
Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco.
(Welbeck) has been there since he was eight. His heart was in
Manchester," said Beckham, who graduated from the United youth team in
the mid-1990s before establishing himself at Old Trafford.
sure he is obviously sad to leave Manchester United. Arsenal have a very
good, young, talented English player, but to see him leave Manchester
United, as a Manchester United fan, is obviously sad."
However, England manager Roy Hodgson welcomed the move.
biggest bonus is for Danny Welbeck," Hodgson told a press conference
ahead of England's friendly game with Norway on Wednesday.
you are a player of his calibre and find yourself at United with
competition for places, you don't always get the starts you would like.
is going to a club where he will hopefully get more starts and playing
time. So I am pleased for Danny and I think Arsenal have signed a good
"My job is with England and the players I choose. I don't wish to make any suggestions about what clubs do with their players.
I cannot deny the more players play and the more experience they get,
especially at Champions League level, the better it is for me at
Welbeck's England team-mate Jack Wilshere welcomed the striker to Arsenal with a picture of the pair on Twitter.
"Big welcome to my boy Welbz," the Arsenal midfielder wrote. "Great player for a great club. Another English lad!"