Danny Welbeck

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‘What he’s been through would question all of us’

Danny Welbeck has had it harder than most when it comes to injuries.

The England forward missed large chunks of the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons but has fought back to overcome his problems and rediscover his scoring touch.

Welbeck has been a force in the Europa League and shone in the Premier League on Sunday with two goals and an assist to help us beat Southampton.

“This guy has gone through injuries which would have questioned all of us,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com.

“He responded by not talking, by working. Even when people questioned his future, he worked. When guys behave like him and are rewarded, of course you admire that as a manager. You congratulate him and you’re very happy for him.

“We are all very pleased for him because we know what he has gone through and how he recovered. I’m happy that it’s working for him, because he deserves it. If somebody deserves it in our squad it’s Danny Welbeck, and we are all very happy for him.”

Reiss Nelson was another notable inclusion on Sunday - handed his first Premier League start by the boss.

“I felt that he has shown that technically he has the level,” said Wenger. “He worked very hard for the team. On the other side, we know people who watch the youth team a lot know that Reiss Nelson has a lot more in the locker to go one against one and take people on. On that front, he was a bit not completely himself today. But overall it’s positive.

“It’s natural [to be inhibited], yes. Suddenly you have an opponent who is more aggressive, quicker and you want to pass him. Believe me he [can] because he does that against players in training. It’s the first opportunity for him and I think he hasn’t missed it.”


‘I thought there’d be a chance to get the winner’

Danny Welbeck played a starring role in Sunday’s game against Southampton.

The England forward set up our first, scored our second, missed a chance from close range… and then headed home at the far post to secure the points.

Here’s Danny’s take on an eventful game:

on what happened at the end…

Obviously it’s going to be a competitive game. Southampton are in a difficult position, same as us. We all wanted the three points and towards the end of the game it got a bit out of hand and there were two sendings off. But it just shows the level of competitiveness.

on two goals for him and assist for first…

Yeah, I’m happy with the assist. You’re glad to get the goals but once I was playing one-touch in and around the box with those players around me, it’s going to be easy to get some assists. I was pleased with that.

on playing with confidence and the last time he felt this good…

I know that if I get opportunities in front of goal, I’ll be able to put them away. There was one today with Jack which was just a bit too far in front of me. I tried to stretch my leg to get there but I couldn’t get it. But in the end I got the goal that gave us the three points, so I’m pleased with that.

his thoughts on that miss…

I thought there’d be another opportunity to get a goal and get the winner. I kept my mind focused on that. Obviously you’re disappointed, but then it’s gone and you can’t do anything about that. You have to move onto the next one.

on a big end to the season…

My mind is set on the next game, doing well in those games. The World Cup will take care of itself. I don’t pick the team! Going into the Europa League on Thursday, it’s going to be a difficult tie even though we won the home game. It’s going to be a difficult game so our minds are set on that.