Boss - Welbeck gives us so many options

Arsene Wenger believes Danny Welbeck can make a big impact during the run-in to the Premier League season.

The England international missed nine months with a knee injury, but has scored four goals in nine appearances since his return.

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Welbeck has been used across the front three since he signed for Arsenal in 2014, and Wenger sees his versatility as a big benefit.

“He can play on the flanks and through the middle, so I can play him with Giroud or [instead of] Giroud - that gives so many options,” the manager said. “You cannot say you don’t miss a player of that stature for nine months.

“I believe [he can make a difference]. I had many hesitations to play him before the game because he is still not completely over his knee problem.

“We have to be cautious but I pushed it because I knew this was now or never [for the title bid].

“I know this team has put in a lot of work since the start of the season, I know how much dedication this team has had over the last eight months and I want them to be rewarded.

“We have gone through a difficult period and it is a good test to see how a team survives after getting so much stick. When I see their response every day, this team deserves credit."

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