Welbz on winning the cup, injuries and Wenger’s loyalty

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Danny Welbeck talked to BT Sport’s Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard straight after Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea. He was, as you might expect, pretty chuffed to secure the trophy. Here’s what he had to say…

On winning…

It’s a great feeling, any trophy that you win it’s always a massive feeling. After a disappointing season in the league we wanted to finish on a high, this is great for us.

On his comeback from injury…

It’s been difficult. Injuries are part and parcel of football, you just have to deal with it positively. It’s very difficult at times, it’s a dark road and sometimes you can’t see the end of it. You have to dig deep and keep on going, make sure you do your rehab well and listen to the people around you and listen to people who have been through it before. I’m just so pleased to be here and to get the trophy.

On Arsene Wenger before the game…

As a team, collectively, with the management staff everybody was focused for the final. We had to approach it like it was any other game, play the game not the occasion. Today we put in an excellent performance and we’ve got this baby [the trophy].

On being anxious at half time after wasting opportunities…

Football is a game full of surprises and at 1-0 there was always an opportunity for them to come back into the game. With them equalising and then for us to go ahead again was great for us.

On working with Arsene Wenger…

Obviously, we’ve all worked with him for a few years, some of us longer than others. I can only speak on behalf of me, but since I’ve been at this club he’s been nothing but great for me. He’s been loyal and he’s always kept me positive through my injuries. He’s done massive things for me so for me to start in the final and take it [the trophy] home is a massive thing for me.

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