London: England forward Danny Welbeck risked antagonising supporters of his former club Manchester United on Wednesday after admitting that he "envisaged" playing for Arsenal even before joining them.
A Manchester-born United fan, Welbeck graduated through the youth ranks at Old Trafford but was allowed to join Arsenal on Monday for a fee of around £16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million euros).
"It's exciting times for me. It's great to be a part of this club and it's a team that I've always watched in the Premier League," Welbeck told the Arsenal website. (Welbeck's move to Arsenal saddens Beckham)