Advertisement 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, 2019
Former Southampton boss Redknapp received the hate-filled welcome he anticipated, after quitting Saints for bitter rivals Portsmouth in 2005. The ex-Tottenham boss was subjected to vitriolic chanting from home supporters, but would have chuckled to himself when Austin stole the second half equaliser. The former bricklayer had a fine chance to double his tally, but headed wide, while Nico Kranjcar also hit the woodwork with a fine free-kick. The ex-Portsmouth midfielder fired a set-piece goal to steal QPR a point against Stoke last weekend, but was just unable to repeat the feat at St Mary’s. Pelle’s stunning volley won the day however, the £8million summer recruit notching his fifth Southampton goal. Southampton’s victory kept them second in the table, after Chelsea eased past Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, to continue new boss Ronald Koeman’s fine Premier League start. Dusan Tadic spent the first half gamely battling to cajole Southampton’s staccato attack into something resembling fluency. Despite his best efforts however the hosts were unable to break the deadlock before the break, even with QPR remaining largely toothless up front. Morgan Schneiderlin squandered the chance of the half, screwing his low shot well wide after being sent clean through by Sadio Mane. Serbia striker Tadic wasted a gilt-edged chance himself, unable to connect cleanly enough in the box to provide the power to beat Rob Green. The relieved Rangers keeper tapped wide at full stretch when Tadic should have buried his point-blank effort. None of Saints’ big men were able to meet Tadic’s early whipped free-kick with any accuracy early on and that missed opportunity set a frustrating tone for the opening exchanges. Pelle fired wide of Green’s left post when he could have aimed across goal too, as Saints continued their wasteful half. Eduardo Vargas and Austin spent precious little time combining with their midfield to offer any tangible threat for Rangers, but Kranjcar and Leroy Fer had to shoulder their share of blame for not bridging the divide. Matt Phillips blasted high and wide after a botched clearance from Nathaniel Clyne, before Austin chipped wide in first-half stoppage time. Redknapp’s men were fortunate to turn around on level terms, desperately hoping to grow in stature with every chance Saints fluffed. Just when the visitors thought they could frustrate Southampton into a costly error though, Koeman’s men opened the scoring. Mane’s prescient back heel opened the QPR defence, Bertrand raced through the door and blasted the ball under Green to wrestle control for Saints in the 54th minute. Austin disabused any Saints notions of coasting to victory with a fine finish 12 minutes later, firing home on the spin after controlling Vargas’ cross. Rangers’ return to level terms was meant to stun Saints into a state of shock, but instead the hosts struck straight back. A peripheral figure for much of the afternoon, Pelle forced the tie to turn on his acrobatic finish. The Italian striker teed himself up before unleashing an unstoppable scissor-kick blast into the top corner to put Saints 2-1 to the good only two minutes after the visitors had levelled. Steven Davis rattled the woodwork from 20 yards as Saints pressed again, before Austin headed wide in another fine opportunity for QPR. Kranjcar hit the angle of post and bar for QPR as Redknapp’s men ground on in search of a second equaliser. Tadic struck a post as the match edged into stoppage time, but Saints eased to victory despite failing to add a third goal. On-loan defender Ryan Bertrand opened his Saints account to hand the hosts the lead before Charlie Austin blasted home on the turn. Italian striker Pelle trumped Austin’s smart finish with a true showman’s goal to secure Saints’ fourth win in six Premier League ties this term. Press Association Graziano Pelle’s acrobatic volley ensured an unhappy south coast return for Harry Redknapp as Southampton saw off QPR 2-1 at St Mary’s.