REVEALED: Danny Welbeck’s Premier League lifeline with Watford arrived after the FA allowed him to stay fit at St George’s Park following Arsenal exit

  • Danny Welbeck was without a club after being let go by Arsenal this summer
  • FA allowed the England striker to train at St George’s Park as he looked for a club
  • Welbeck penned a three-year contract with Watford on Wednesday afternoon 

By Sami Mokbel for MailOnline

Published: 00:17 BST, 8 August 2019 | Updated: 00:51 BST, 8 August 2019

Danny Welbeck has completed a surprise move to Watford – thanks to help from the Football Association.

Sportsmail exclusively broke the news of Welbeck’s switch to Vicarage Road on Wednesday morning, the England international signing a three-year contract.

Welbeck was at the club’s training ground on Tuesday to undergo a medical and complete the formalities ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.

Danny Welbeck joined Watford on a free transfer after staying fit at St George’s Park

The former Manchester United star has been without a club since leaving Arsenal at the start of July – but the FA opened the doors to St George’s Park to the forward so he could maintain his fitness.

Welbeck hasn’t played senior football since November after suffering a serious ankle injury that required two operations – though he was on the bench for Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat by Chelsea at the end of last season.

But the FA allowed Welbeck to train at the national football centre ahead of his move to Watford.

Welbeck will be hoping he can break back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad if he can prove his fitness over the coming weeks.

The forward was without a club following his release from Arsenal earlier this summer

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