Welbeck: it’s been tough

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Danny Welbeck’s first start of the season saw him remind people of his quality, scoring twice to send the Gunners on their way to a 5-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup last night.

It’s been a long road to recovery though for the England man, sidelined since last April with a damaged meniscus. The positive news though is that he has returned ahead of schedule, and he looks like a player ready to make up for lost time.

Speaking after the game, he acknowledged that it’s been a difficult time for him.

“It was obviously good to be back out on the pitch after such a long time out,” he said. “It’s been a tough few months.

“I think because I had this experience before, coming back from an injury, I kind of knew what to expect even though it’s a tough time.

“The end game is to be back out on the pitch and playing in the first team and I got that opportunity today.

“I’m certainly looking forward to doing it many more times.”

Welbeck, and the likes of Lucas Perez and hat-trick hero Theo Walcott, showed there’s some real depth in the Arsenal squad this season. Hopefully that augurs well for some of the big games we have coming up.

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