Arsene Wenger sends message to Arsenal fans about Danny Welbeck

Arsene Wenger is tipping Danny Welbeck to achieve big things in an Arsenal shirt after his return from injury

Arsene Wenger has revealed his delight at seeing Danny Welbeck return to action for Arsenal at the weekend and is tipping the striker to enjoy a dream career if he can stay injury-free.

The striker came on as a second-half substitute as Arsenal came from a goal down to beat Preston North End at Deepdale and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday night.

It marked Welbeck’s first appearance of the season for the Gunners after he suffered a serious knee injury towards the end of last season and embarked on a lengthy recovery process.

Welbeck will now be hoping to hold down a regular spot in the Arsenal first team in the coming weeks and months as the Gunners look to challenge for silverware on three fronts this season.

And Wenger is tipping the forward to go from strength to strength as he bids to stay fit in the coming months.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website after Saturday’s win, Wenger said: “The patience you need when you have an injury at that age… it’s terrible [to go through].

“To miss the European Championship and on top of he missed the start of the season, but he worked hard and certainly victory [in his comeback match] will make him stronger. But you have to go through it and that was a very difficult moment for him. I think he suffered a lot, but I hope, touch wood, he will now have a dream career.

“When the players are injured they are a little bit out of my sight because I sent him away as well. When a player has a long-term injury, sometimes it’s better you get him out and away, that he lives without the players and people who are injured as well.

“Because when he comes in he sees everybody go out there and you have to stay inside… the football club is built for people who are competitive. So sometimes mentally it’s difficult, so we let him go outside and miss this time.

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“Of course we spoke with him a lot, but at the end of the day, when something like that happens to you, you deal with it on your own. But we try to support him, of course.”

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