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Welbeck’s Back In Business

Danny Welbeck took the first tentative steps in his recovery with a late appearance in the 2 – 1 FA Cup win at Deepdale last weekend.

It may only have been ten minutes, but after almost nine months out through injury, Welbeck’s relief was evident. He did well, with one rasping shot saved well by the Preston goalkeeper, Chris Maxwell, as Arsenal sought a winner to progress to Round Four.

Post-match, Arsène Wenger was a relieved man with the England international showing no immediate sign of discomfort. Given the club’s track record with strains and niggles after players have been out of the side for a long time, Welbz is some way off being considered for a starting line-up.

The Arsenal manager will welcome the former Manchester United striker’s return as it increases the competition for places in the starting line-up. With Olivier Giroud in good form at present, Wenger can bring back Welbeck slowly but with the knowledge that he has a backup plan when Giroud hits a barren spell.

And he will.

Wenger remains confident that Welbeck will go on to have a good career despite injury ravaging him over the last three years. The forward has shown great patience according to the Arsenal boss,

“To miss the European Championship and on top of he missed the start of the season, but he worked hard and certainly victory [in his comeback match] will make him stronger. But you have to go through it, and that was a very difficult moment for him. I think he suffered a lot, but I hope, touch wood, he will now have a dream career.

 

Wenger admitted that he had given Welbeck time to go and see his family in his native Manchester.

“When the players are injured they are a little bit out of my sight because I sent him away as well. When a player has a long-term injury, sometimes its better you get him out and away, that he lives without the players and people who are injured as well.

“Because when he comes in he sees everybody go out there and you have to stay inside… the football club is built for people who are competitive. So sometimes mentally it’s difficult, so we let him go outside and miss this time.

“Of course we spoke with him a lot, but at the end of the day, when something like that happens to you, you deal with it on your own. But we try to support him, of course.”

It’s a similar attitude shown to foreign players who are frequently allowed to return to their homelands to seek treatment from doctors they know well. Lucas Perez recently returned to A Coruna, and in the past, Thierry Henry did the same.

Mind you, Robin van Persie went somewhere for horse placenta and ended up fit for nothing more than the knacker’s yard. It doesn’t always work out for the best.

Let’s hope for Danny that it does this time.

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