Arsenal summer signing Danny Welbeck scored a hat-trick in the club’s 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray on Tuesday which also drew comparisons to the legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.
Van Gaal had said, upon the player’s departure, that he did not score enough goals and was below the standards required at United.
Welbeck has now hit back at the club and their new boss, both through his football and words, and said that he couldn’t have possibly scored while being constantly put out of position.
“Nobody can really criticise my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often,” he said.
“But now I am getting into these positions I want to be sticking the ball in the back of the net. I’m sure it’s the same with every other striker. Obviously people can say I’ve not scored enough goals, but you stick the best strikers on the wing in a four-man midfield and see if they score goals.”
The England international has said that that he will score a lot more now that he is playing in a central role for Arsenal
He said: “I wouldn’t say I feel different now. Maybe beforehand, sometimes I wasn’t getting through on goal if I was coming from a four-man midfield. Obviously it’s difficult to leave your position and go and get goal-scoring opportunities.
“But I’m getting into these positions much more regularly now, and I’m looking forward to sticking the ball in the back of the net. If you’re getting goals and getting a run of games in your preferred position, your confidence is going to grow and performances are going to grow as well. That is something I am really looking forward to doing, building on those performances.
“When I am playing with these sorts of midfield players, they are looking to slip the ball in behind. I am always ready for that, looking to make the movement right and get in behind the defenders. Tonight I did that a couple of times and scored a few goals. I’m looking to build an understanding with the players and getting to know them better, it’s good to play with these calibre of midfielders, they are only going to create chances.”