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It’s been confirmed that Danny Welbeck will miss nine months after undergoing knee surgery (via Arsenal.com), and following the announcement he took to social media to send a message to the Arsenal fans.
He posted this picture of him celebrating in front of the fans, with the caption: “I will be back stronger!”
The former Manchester United man suffered a knee injury back in April 2015, and was consequently ruled out for almost a year. He made his return earlier this year, but now looks set for a similar spell on the sidelines after re-injuring the same knee.
He picked up the injury during our 2-2 draw with Manchester City, colliding with Bacary Sagna and twisting his knee awkwardly, it was clear as soon as it happened that it was potentially a nasty one, and our worst fears were realised as soon as the announcement became official.
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While it’s obviously a blow for Arsenal, it will be hugely disappointing for the player himself. He will have played a few weeks of football in two years by the time he makes his return, not to mention the fact that he’ll be missing a huge tournament and a massive opportunity for England.
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The only positive is that his injury may spur Arsene Wenger on in the transfer market this summer, pushing him to sign a top quality striker knowing that he’ll be without one of his main options for more than half the 2016/17 campaign.