Danny Welbeck has been out of action since last season, leaving us rather short up front. And it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting the England international back any time soon, as he’s apparently set to be absent until at least February, as reported by The Sun.
Welbeck suffered a knee injury last season, and has since had to undergo surgery to fix the problem. There’s unfortunately been set back after set back, and we’ve had to do without the former Manchester United man for what seems like an eternity.
It’s not like we’ve missed the pacy forward at all times, as we’ve had players more than capable of filling the void – and it’s questionable whether Welbeck is even in our first team plans. What we have missed however, is the depth the 25-year-old brings to the side, as injuries in other areas have really been leaving us short.
He is able to fill in up front or on the wings, and his versatility has been a real boon. Welbeck’s return is never going to be a game changer, and he’s not a player who wins games on his own. He’s never short of energy or effort though, and he will certainly give Arsene Wenger a rotation option once he returns.
He’ll be targeting a return next year not only to resurrect his Arsenal career, but to ensure he is in with a chance to make the Euros next summer. Regardless of his form for his clubs, Welbeck has always performed for his country. He has an excellent goalscoring record for England, and will want to make sure he’s fit for selection in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
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We’re obviously more concerned about his return for Arsenal, although with his return date repeatedly being pushed back, Arsene Wenger may have to consider bringing in a replacement in January.