Arsene Wenger wasn’t at all worried when Danny Welbeck stepped up to take his first ever penalty in senior football - because he’s been tucking them away in training.
The England international rolled a confident spot-kick into the bottom corner to equalise against AC Milan and help us to a 3-1 win on the night and a 5-1 aggregate victory.
“Yes it was his first penalty but we worked on it in training a lot,” the boss told Arsenal Player. “He took many penalties and he convinced me that he can be a good penalty-taker.
“Every game he plays makes him stronger and that is very good for Danny, for his confidence, for the fact that he did fight very hard. He scored a penalty that was a vital one, an important one, and he had the mental strength to have a clean finish.”
The manager was delighted with the way we reacted after falling behind to a wonder strike from Milan.
“We played a little bit at the start with the desire to protect our result but as soon as they were 1-0 up you could see that the response was there straight away,” he said.
“I’m happy because it’s never easy to cope mentally with a 2-0 advantage away from home. We have seen that in England with other teams, they struggled after positive results away from home. You are in between [mentally] and that is always dangerous in the game.
“Once we scored the second goal we were never under threat anymore and we qualified in a strong way against a strong side. You are not surprised that they didn’t lose for 14 games in Italy.”
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