Arsene Wenger opens up about his concerns about Arsenal striker

The Arsenal manager lifts the lid on his concerns for Danny Welbeck

Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on his two concerns about Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

The England international was handed his first start in the Arsenal side since the versatile forward recovered from a serious knee injury on Saturday evening as the north London side made the trip to the south coast.

Welbeck wasted no time leaving his mark on the fourth-round clash after Welbeck scored twice in the opening 22 minutes at St Mary’s to put Arsenal in control before Theo Walcott’s hat-trick sealed a comfortable 5-0 win.

Arsenal signed Welbeck in a £16m deal from their bitter rivals Manchester United in the 2015 summer transfer window but the striker has found his Arsenal career hampered with two serious knee problems.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website about Welbeck and the forward’s long-awaited comeback at Southampton on Saturday evening, Wenger said:

“We have always two fears – the first is that it takes him too long to get the decision-making, and secondly that the player is scared to go into any contact. When he made the runs and was fighting the defender, for me that was a very important moment for him.”

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Arsenal will host London rivals Watford in their next Premier League game before a trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea next Saturday.

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