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Arsene Wenger recalls how Danny Welbeck signed for Arsenal as he was queuing a papal audience

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Arsene Wenger has recalled how he snatched Danny Welbeck from under the noses of Tottenham - all while queuing for an audience with the Pope.The former Arsenal manager brought striker Welbeck from Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day at the end of the 2014 summer transfer window.

As negotiations reached a delicate stage, with Welbeck looking almost certain to join Arsenal's north London rivals, Wenger was in Rome to meet Pope Francis ahead of the Match for Peace, an inter-religious charity game.



Despite being in line to see the Pope, Wenger was able to influence the transfer talks and ensure Welbeck signed for Arsenal in a £16million deal.



Speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman Podcast as he promotes his new autobiography, Wenger recalled: 'Danny Welbeck when I went to the Match for Peace.

At the time, Wenger said the deal for Welbeck would not have happened had he not been up early that day to fly to Rome.Because United signed Radamel Falcao from Monaco that day, their manager Louis van Gaal was willing to offload one of their other strikers.

Wenger said at the time: 'If I had not travelled that day, Welbeck would not be here.

Welbeck, who has just been released by Championship club Watford, scored 32 goals in 126 matches during his five seasons with Arsenal.


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