Gunners boss puts striker’s Man United exit on the ‘holy father’.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has sensationally blamed the Pope for the club splashing out £16m on new signing Danny Welbeck on transfer deadline day, according to the Daily Star.
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The Gunners picked up the England international on transfer deadline day from United whilst Wenger was attending a charity football match in Rome with the Pope.
But had he been in the country to oversee the deal he believes he only would have signed the striker on a season long loan instead.
Welbeck had been persuaded to join the club by current stars Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker after meeting him in the club gym whilst training there with England.
“If I had not travelled that day, Welbeck would not be here. I’ll explain that a bit later.
“If I stayed at home, Welbeck would not be here today. That’s the truth.”
“Meeting the Pope was an experience I did not want to miss.
“I am a Catholic and it was an invitation I accepted a long time ago and on top of that it was a game for peace and multi-religion understanding.
“He is a great person to meet because he shows humility and is available to meet for everybody.
“He is a supporter of San Lorenzo in Argentina. He is a football fan. You cannot be born in Argentina and not be a football fan.”
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