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Mertesacker heaps praise on former Man United forward

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has praised his teammate and former Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck, saying that he had a great game at Old Trafford. Welbeck scored the winning goal for the Gunners in their 2-1 win over the Red Devils in their FA Cup quarter final tie, and then went on to celebrate wildly against his former club.

The German ace was quoted telling reporters after the match: "Danny Welbeck was a great player here at United, he's a bit quiet in the dressing room at the moment. I think it hurts him a bit as well as he was here for a long time. We tried to get him going and to tell him he can enjoy special moments with Arsenal."



Speaking about their performance during the match, Mertesacker said that in the second half, the Arsenal players felt that they could get something out of the match. He said that the Gunners were ‘rewarded with the second goal’, and that they defended well after that to notch up the win against their arch rivals.

Arsenal next face either Bradford City or Reading in the semi-finals of the competition.