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Arsene Wenger says he is delighted to have “new signing” Danny Welbeck back as the striker make is long awaited return from injury.
Welbeck has missed the last nine months due to injury and he returned to action against Burnley on Saturday afternoon wth Wenger describing his return to the Arsenal team this January as a “new signing”.
And Wenger who is excited that the forward is back is hopeful that the 26 year old will put injuries behind him and play a key role for Arsenal going forward.
Welbeck has missed the majority of the last two seasons but Wenger is hoping that the winger can stay fit to fulfill his potential.
“I touch wood, hope. He’s not completely out of it,” he says. “It was bone inflammation and that takes a huge time to get completely rid of. You have to be very careful not to have a set-back.
“You have some players, they have big injuries and you observe them in the first three months and you think: “My friend, you will struggle,” because they always have the handbrake on.
“And some players, they come back and behave like they have never been injured. He is one of them. In his first training session you say ‘Come on, don’t go in for too much contact straight away’, but he is like that.
“He is a young promising striker, he has fantastic spirit and you do not see people with that. People sense this, that he has a great spirit. He’s genuine, committed and humble. You do not find that too many times altogether.
“Maybe, as well, people feel sorry for a guy who basically couldn’t play for two years. This links together — and for me he’s rightly hugely popular.”
Welbeck played the last five minutes against Burnley on Saturday as we secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Clarets. He is in line to make his first start in Arsenal’s FA Cup game against Southampton next weekend
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