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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck joins Arsenal

Arsenal have announced the signing of England international forward Danny Welbeck from Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, who is currently with Roy Hodgson's national squad ahead of fixtures against Norway and Switzerland, has signed a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium to become Arsene Wenger's fifth summer signing - with the deal announced almost two hours after the initial transfer deadline had passed.

He leaves United after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford - developing his craft with loan spells at Preston and Sunderland - but new Red Devils' boss Louis van Gaal has allowed the player to leave in search of regular first-team football.

With Arsenal currently missing crocked duo Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, Welbeck is likely to take on the mantle of playing in a central attacking role for Wenger - with a home game against Manchester City a potential debut for the striker.

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