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It’s been a mixed season so far for both Arsenal and Manchester United, with the two clubs coming head-to-head at the Emirates tomorrow evening.
Both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal’s sides have struggled for consistency this term, despite splashing the cash on new signings over the summer.
And while some of the new arrivals have hit the ground running, others have struggled to settle.
Metro Sport takes a look at two of the new boys in Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and his Manchester United replacement Radamel Falcao, both of whom made transfer deadline day moves.
Welbeck joined the Gunners in a £16m switch, with Van Gaal clearly not desperate for the England international to be a part of his plans at Old Trafford, while Falcao joined Wayne Rooney and co. on a £6m season-long loan.
But United already look to have made an error by allowing the 23-year-old to move to their rivals, with Welbeck currently outshining Colombian international Falcao so far this term.
Falcao has been hit with injury problems since joining Old Trafford, meaning he has played just five games for the Red Devils. Despite his £280,000-a-week wage packet and label as one of the top strikers in world football, he’s found the back of the net just once, while providing two assists.
This means United have forked out £6m per goal for the Monaco loanee, who averages a goal every five games, while taking just 2.2. shots per match.
But it’s a very different story for the unwanted Welbeck, who is enjoying his football under the guidance of Wenger.
Welbeck had made 12 appearances for the Gunners, scoring five goals and providing two assists to date.
That means he averages a goal every 2.4 games, with each strike so far having cost the Gunners £3.2m.
Former United boss David Moyes has been quoted as saying he would never have entertained the idea of selling Welbeck to Arsenal and the stats are currently showing why the Scot rates the youngster so highly.