Arsene Wenger: This is why Danny Welbeck didn’t start in Arsenal v Norwich
Arsene Wenger explains why Danny Welbeck started on the bench for Arsenal's clash with Norwich
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he opted to start Danny Welbeck from the bench for Arsenal’s clash with Norwich on Saturday because he felt that the striker needed a rest.
Welbeck only made his first appearance of the season for Arsenal in mid February after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
The striker came off the bench and scored Arsenal’s winner in the second half as Wenger’s men secured a 1-0 win over the Canaries at Emirates Stadium.
And Wenger feels that he made the right call in starting Welbeck on the bench as he continues to work his way towards being fully fit ahead of the European championships in France this summer.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website, manager Wenger said: “Welbeck came in and played very well [on his comeback], like the players who have been out for nine months always do.
“You have to trust me on that, I know that well – after they come in they are super sharp and then after, against Crystal Palace, he had a very average game and looked a bit for one or two games that he paid for the physical energy he had given.
“So you let them rest one or two games and you bring them back in. [Against Norwich], when he came on, you could see he is a different animal again.”
Welbeck will be hoping to feature from the start when Arsenal travel to The Etihad to take on Manchester City in next weekend’s crunch Premier League clash.