Watford complete the signing of former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Welbeck scored five times in 14 matches for Arsenal last season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against Sporting Lisbon in a Europa League clash in November.ADVERTISEMENTThe England international joined Arsenal from Manchester United for £16m in 2014 and scored 32 goals for the club in 126 appearances in all competitions.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWelbeck’s time in north London was beset by injury problems, though, as he missed a total of 113 matches for the club over the past five seasons, suffering from two serious knee injuries as well as a broken ankle last term.Prior to his spell at Arsenal, Welbeck netted 29 times in 142 matches for Manchester United, helping the club win the Premier League title in 2012-13.He will compete with club captain Troy Deeney, Andre Gray and Gerard Deulofeu for a place in Javi Gracia’s attack next season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 3:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Watford complete the signing of former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck Comment Danny Welbeck has completed a move to Watford (Picture: Getty)Watford have completed the signing of Danny Welbeck on a free transfer with the former Arsenal striker signing a three-year deal with the FA Cup finalists.The 28-year-old endured an injury-ravaged five-year spell at Arsenal and was allowed to leave at the end of his contract in June, paving the way for a move to Vicarage Road.We’re delighted to confirm the signing of @England international @DannyWelbeck on a free transfer 🖋️ pic.twitter.com/5S1Lcx7u1C— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 7, 2019last_img read more

Schurrle treble sends Chelsea clear

first_img Press Association German forward Andre Schurrle netted a second-half hat-trick to keep Chelsea top of the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 win in the west London derby at Fulham, who remain bottom. For Fulham boss Felix Magath, there remains plenty more hard work ahead if his side are to pull clear of trouble, and had only a consolation goal from John Heitinga to show for their spirited efforts on Saturday afternoon. It had earlier been a bright start by the home side in some welcome sunshine. Pajtim Kasami’s cross from the left was flicked wide by Clint Dempsey, when a proper contact from the American could well have put the ball in the net. On 12 minutes, Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg delayed clearing the ball, which saw him closed down by Fernando Torres. The ball ballooned back up off the Chelsea striker and into the penalty area, but Torres could not make the most of the gift, as he mis-kicked and then eventually sent a scuffed cross-shot wide. Fulham had to make a change shortly afterwards as captain Brede Hangeland was unable to continue, and replaced by Dan Burn. On 20 minutes, Richardson got away again down the left and his deep cross picked out Dempsey, but John Terry and Gary Cahill were quick to close the Fulham striker down as he shaped to shoot. Neither side were able to gain much possession in midfield, with some niggling tackles flying in. With five minutes to go until half-time, Fulham tried a well-drilled free-kick from 25 yards which saw three players run over the ball before Kasami sent in a low drive, which Petr Cech got down well to save. However, it took a fine reaction save from Stekelenburg on the stroke of half-time to keep the scores level when he deflected an angled drive from Torres over the crossbar. Chelsea were on the offensive again at the start of the second half, as Schurrle saw a curled effort deflected wide, when Oscar was free on the overlap. The German, though, made no mistake a few moments later when he fired Chelsea ahead on 52 minutes. Hazard – on his 100th Chelsea appearance – chipped a ball down the right, which Schurrle, took in his stride with a superb cushioned header. A darting run saw him surge past Burn and to the edge of the Fulham penalty area, where he coolly slotted the ball under Stekelenburg. Hazard almost crafted a second with a lovely reverse-foot chip to the far post where Richardson just got there ahead of Torres. It was, though, 2-0 on 65 minutes, with the Belgian playmaker again the provider as his slide-rule pass split the Fulham defence as Schurrle slotted in his second from 12 yards. Despite having the game won, Chelsea remained ruthless in attack and Schurrle completed his hat-trick on 68 minutes. Torres brought down a long ball from the goalkeeper, which he flicked on out to Schurrle, who sprinted clear to the edge of the Fulham area before slamming a low shot past Stekelenburg. Fulham at least salvaged some pride from the derby when defender Heitinga bundled the ball in from a corner by Lewis Holtby with 16 minutes left, but it was too little too late. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had been concerned a gruelling midweek Champions League trip to Istanbul would leave his players fatigued for the short journey down to Craven Cottage. However, despite a slow start, the Blues, driven on by brilliant Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard, blew Fulham away with three goals in the space of 16 minutes following the restart to stay clear of Arsenal and Manchester City in the championship race. last_img read more