Wenger praise for ‘special guy’ Welbeck

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Having been out of action since last April with his second serious knee injury in as many seasons, it would be understandable if Danny Welbeck took some time to get back to his best.

It might still be a while before we see him at full-flight, but last night the England international showed he’s out to make up for lost time with a very tasty brace on his first start since his return earlier this month.

The 26 year put away a brilliant Lucas Perez pass to open the scoring, then showed his touch hasn’t deserted him when he doubled the lead from an Oxlade-Chamberlain ball over the top.

Afterwards, Arsene Wenger described Welbeck as a ‘special guy’, and said he didn’t expect him to make such an impact so quickly.

“I knew that he worked very hard, but you never know how much efficiency there will be,” he said.

“To transfer that into a competitive game. I think it was great to see that he hasn’t lost his runs, he hasn’t lost his finishing.

“It shows as well, when you are able to transform that frustration of not playing into efficiency, that’s a special guy.”

He also praised his character and how hard he’s worked to come back after what was a devastating injury blow last year.

“He went through some moments of very deep disappointment,” he said.

“When he had the setback and we had to go in the knee again, when you’re a professional football player, that’s absolutely difficult.

“After the first disappointment, he became even more resilient and worked even harder. He’s highly respected inside the club because he has shown so much dedication, never moaned, worked very hard and tonight everybody is delighted for him.”

It’s great to see him back and scoring, fingers his crossed he gets the breaks he deserves in terms of his fitness now.

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Big L HoP

Love having him back. Going to be interesting to see if we keep him on the left at the expense of Iwobi. He does bring much needed physical presence to the forward areas in lieu of Giroud

Teryima Adi

A special guy indeed.

H18ury

Dat special guy.

Jos Boy

Hope his positive attitude is rewarded with a good run of fitness and form culminating in glory the Arsenal!

Pooner

We should alter the Ozil song for when we play United:

We’ve got Welbeck
Danny Welbeck
I Just don’t think you understand
He’s Arsene Wenger’s man
He’s better than Zlatan
We’ve got Danny Welbeck

Cliff Bastin

Imagine him scoring the winner at Old Trafford and doing the salt bae at Mourinho.

leroy

would that be rubbing salt in the wound?

i’ll get my parka…

Hunter

I fucking LOVE Danny. He’s my favorite player at the club right now, if he could stay fit he is a major weapon.

samba

“After the first disappointment, he became even more resilient and worked even harder. He’s highly respected inside the club because he has shown so much dedication, never moaned, worked very hard and tonight everybody is delighted for him.”

Yes, hard work and never moaned like that number two RB.

debuchy

you could directly say “debuchy” mate.

santori

Great buy by Wenger.

Always thought Danny had good technique for an English player. But he also brings that old united graft with him.

He’s the perfect blend of Alexis’s mobility and Giroud’s muscularity.

More goals to come!

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