Wenger on Welbeck’s exceptional response to injury problems

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Arsene Wenger is clearly a fan of Danny Welbeck, and was full of praise for the striker after his excellent contribution in the 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday.

The England international provided an assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before helping himself to two goals – one of which was the late winner to help the Gunners take all three points.

It was his best performance for some time, aided by the fact he’s been fit and playing regularly, and the Arsenal boss believes he’s getting back to the required level after suffering two serious knee injuries.

“Danny Welbeck has been getting sharper,” he said. “He has been out for a while, now he comes slowly back to his best. I’m personally very happy and pleased for him because this guy has gone through some difficult times.

“I’ve seen him behave when it was really hard and tough. He deserves everything he gets. He had every reason to feel sorry for himself, to think this mountain is too big to climb, with the right knee, the left knee, and a year out every time.

“He worked hard unnoticed by everybody. People were questioning will he come back or not. To continue to go is the most difficult test for any sports person.

“What he has done is exceptional.”

Welbeck does frustrate at times, but he’s definitely one of the good guys so it’s nice to see him find some form again. Not least because having him back among the goals is a boost for Europe where we’re without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

For more on Welbeck, check out today’s Arsecast Extra

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Pedant
Pedant

Big strong lad, let’s hope he stays that way and starts getting a better goals/game ratio. Could be the peak of his career coming up.

Ross
Ross

I can excuse the odd missed and ‘Welbeck’ moment as he works hard. What I really want to see from him however is much more aggression. He’s big, strong and quick. He should be making himself intimidating to play against. Not just battling but aggressive in his running and play, take players on, push teams back rather than slowing things down.

Still a good performance and hopefully he can build on it

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

I hope that leaves some fans thinking about how they react when players have bad spells. If abusing and ridiculing is the best thing to do or maybe backing the player up and stand by him through bad patches – what’s actually nothing special to expect from a supporter but just his purpose in the game – is the best thing for all concerned.
But I thought that after Ramsey had this phenomenal season after he’s received so much abuse the months and years prior to that when he struggled to get back to his best after that horrible injury. Then he played that season and everyone acted as if they always knew how good he is. Welsh Jesus! Then a bit over a year later most of them wanted us to get rid of him as soon as possible again. And now they complain about the fact that the club hasn’t extended his contract ages ago.
With Wilshere it’s been very similar.
It’s really came to a point where it’s mostly just ridiculous but sadly at least as much frustrating.
Victoria Concordia Crescit. If that doesn’t mean a thing anymore, what does? Just trophies? That’s all?

Cechmate
Cechmate

I accept that we’re on the fringes of extremes mostly. We need to be more balanced and problem is not with the fans ‘only’. If we have one or two fragile players and if our dependency on them is not much, then most people would wait for them to hit form and stand by them. But, as a club we have a lot of such individuals and our season after season gets derailed due to injuries and recovery timelines, hence the anguish from fans.

I don’t think fans hated RVP due to his injuries or Rosicky or Santi or Kos and a lot of others. Also, think of fans in general, fans are those that spend their time and money in life to support a club in return for what? Fans don’t get any monetary benefit from supporting a club, whereas a player gets paid millions to play for from club. Fans support a club for affiliation, joy and pride – a fan who barely makes it through to the end of month with his/her income but supports the club deserves more respect than a footballer!

So, let’s all be more balanced – applaud a player when he plays well, point out his mistakes when he doesn’t without going to extremes of calling them Jesus or Satan! You say cut the footballers some slack and I say let’s cut our fans also some slack!

Andy
Andy

Have to say i wholeheartedly agree with this. I don’t know how many games i attended where ramsey and diaby took ridiculous levels of abuse for no good reason. A lot of arsenal “fans” could learn a thing or two from how the liverpool fans behave. You should never, ever give stick to your own players unless they are obviously not consistently putting the effort in.

Wouldn’t surprise me at all if rambo decided to head for a club where his amazing talent is appreciated a bit more.

Greg
Greg

Ramsey will leave as he has always said he wants to play abroad. Plus he might want to challenge for the pl and cl and with us and aw that ain’t happening

One of them is lying!
One of them is lying!

In any regular job, if u dont perform either u r removed or demoted or given a bad raise. U r only as good as your last good performance…it’s a fact of life everywhere in professional world. More so for a professional footballer in the best league in the world. People will criticize. if you have a thick skin u just get on with it or if u r sensitive about it, u can cry about it.
Should watch Nketiah’s reaction to that miss… tells u all u need to know. Some people have that killer instinct in front of goal and some people just dont… unfortunately from what we have been seeing…Danny just dont have it. So he just needs to work harder and be more aggressive.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

This is exactly what I was thinking while reading the comments about Wilshere. Many fans need to take a balanced perspective about things. When Wilshere came on it wasn’t like Arsenal were playing Southampton out of the park and he came on and ruined it. As far as that incident with Stephens is concerned I was actually pretty proud of it. How many times have we wanted our players to do a professional foul and take a yellow, that’s exactly what he did. It got heated because of Stephens reaction to it, which believe it or not broke their momentum.

I agree he should’ve done better but sometimes things don’t go your way. And that is when the team needs supporters. It’s embarrassing to see the Emirates half empty for every PL team. I know there’s nothing left to play for in the League and we’ve had issues this season but at the end of the day it’s Arsenal playing. You don’t support your team like that. Those are fair weather supporters imo. What if the players showed the same attitude as the fans do and stop caring since there’s nothing to play for?

Imo you support your team no matter what especially in times like these.

daniel
daniel

I think temper did play a part, but this guy stephens im pretty sure i saw a dodgy tackle on welbeck, then he kind of went in on wilshere, and while its not exactly sportsmanlike I did enjoy jack getting back at him and getting him wound up, I remember the incident when Holding blatantly fouled Arnautovic and that kind of thing, sometimes is somewhat acceptable, and certainly put a smile on a few fans faces

Atom
Atom

There was absolutely nothing professional about Wilshire’s foul. It was an off the ball incident with Jack spending 20 yards trying to tear the guy’s shirt off with several defenders in front of Stephens in case the ball did come to him. I don’t mind professional fouls to help the team but this was just Jack losing it and going after someone plain and simple.

sambo
sambo

Mate, Wilshere tearing that enemies shirt off is nothing, id rather have my shirt ripped off every game than some of the really bad tackles i see flying around, have seen (Young on Aguero) and have had against me. Wilshere would of had an assists if it wasn’t for Welbeck’s miss, and he did well to create that chance. Wilshere sprints back countless times to cover other players (Ozil mostly) who just jog after being dispossessed. Bore off honestly lol Wilshere isn’t there to be the oppositions best friend.

Atom
Atom

Wiltshire is the one player we have who crosses over to dirty play when he isn’t playing well- his tackle from behind when he easily could have injured the other player a few weeks ago etc. I dislike that part of his game. I’m all for professional fouls etc if it helps us win but I dislike seeing an arsenal player cross the line as jack does and then to stand up as if he was aggrieved

Arse
Arse

The Wilshere incident was just before a quick break. It was obvious that he lost his temper because of a bad through ball he played, which could have led to a 1-on-1 opportunity had he played it right. He then went after the fella’s shirt in frustration instead. It was needless, to say the least.

RunningRayRunningDownTheWing
RunningRayRunningDownTheWing

Berlingoon, that last part brought a tear to my otherwise Sahara desert dry eyes mate. You’re definitly west of the wall and in my books pal. COYG.

Onenil
Onenil

I remember AOC looking up at the stand as our fans screamed ‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt’. He was trying. It wasn’t working. He was (along with the rest of the team) taking massive abuse from his own ‘supporters’.
Would you re-sign for us after that?

A P
A P

Many of our ‘fans’ aren’t fit to wear the shirt.

gooner1981
gooner1981

After 2 years of injury hell, Danny is now showing what he can do with a clean bill of health, and games under his belt. A good all-round game- tracks back, makes the runs, puts in a good shift, and getting better with his finishing. I know this may be contentious, but I’d like to see him get an extension (along with Rambo of course). PEA, Laca, Welbz and Nketiah would be a good group of forwards to have for next season.

Nketibag
Nketibag

Mr. Useful

SWISSGUNS
SWISSGUNS

Welbz is class! PERIOD

Ash
Ash

Given his goals against United (and celebrations…) Danny has got an awful lot of good will credit from me.

I have always thought he was better than a lot of fans give him credit for. That said, he has been in pretty poor form lately as I always felt he could have a big impact on games even without end product (see the FA cup final against Chelsea) and he has been a bit anonymous of late. That is why I am really pleased he seems to have rediscovered a bit of form lately. Long may it continue.

Obviously the Welbz memes also mean I think we should give him another contract on their strength alone, but its nice to see him being rewarded with success on the pitch too!

santori
santori

There’s another United match upcoming….

89 was fine
89 was fine

Well done Danny.what a hard working lad, I’m sure their’s a bit more to come from him yet. At this high level of sport it would take any player time to over come, return and then find form after serious injury. I would of thought with our history of player injuries that we gunner fans should have more patience than most with our injured players and give them the time and support they need to get back to the top of their game.

santori
santori

I think Danny can potentially give us what Giroud provided in a target player but with power and pace.

That said, he needs to work to his strength like the Frenchman did so well given his limitations.

Personally, I feel Danny is best from a central position where his height and strength can come into play. But his hold up play must improve.

If we should play one of the strikers as option out wide, I suppose the ideal at the moment is for Aubameyang and Danny to swap out left and central or conversely Aubameyang and Lacazette to do the same with right side of attack.

An improved Danny will be extremely useful for Europa in absence of Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan.

420Gonerblayzeit
420Gonerblayzeit

At his best he’s what Wenger wantedYaya Sanogo to be. A nonstop ball of energy creating headaches for defenders all the time. Welbeck did that well yesterday. His first goal I thought he showed some great control as well. He was going full steam through the defense and managed to keep control.

Greg
Greg

Deflection?

420Gonerblayzeit
420Gonerblayzeit

Leading up to the deflected shot he showed fantastic close control at full speed. IMO one of the hardest skills in the game. He has good skills/technique….in small bursts.

Gudaffiduck
Gudaffiduck

I agree with 420 that run was the type we would see from alexis in his best year for us, who’d scored deflected goals like that and no one cared. Taking on a defender quickly cutting in and shooting, who cares if it deflected it was quality play and the type of run a confident player makes. He has it in the locker so hopefully it will give him the confidence to do it more often.

Maul Person
Maul Person

It was still on target.

Greg
Greg

Wow

santori
santori

People pick and choose whom they want to highlight and whom they want to amplify faults with.

I think Welbeck deserves the accolades but lets be balanced as well, he still has much to improve (Glaring miss late on in front of open goal).

He tends to wait for the ball (he isn’t the only one guilty of this of course) where he would be better served anticipating and gambling into the box earlier. I mentioned this several times in recent matches when he was always two steps away from the ball that predictably would find its way (ostensibly to far post)

For his second goal, he was in the right place (As was BTW jack), gambling earlier into the far post to meet Iwobi’s excellent assist.

I think the other thing that he (and others can improve) is to cut his run toward the player on the ball instead of waiting for it to be played.

Also (and this is a criticsm of many of our players) we tend not to make the run to near post when the ball is being crossed in. We’ve seen Giroud profit immensely from this once he figured out our limited crossing abilities.

Finally, there was an instance when Aubameyang worked his way out wide and put in a cross from right (as indeed Mustafi did in the previous match). When you see a player work his way close to the end line, he’s either going to work the ball back or try to put it into the penalty box 6 yard square.

Why none of our players make an effort to gamble into this zone when seeing this is beyond me. You could see Aubameyang look up after slightly miffed.

These are the things which is we pay closer attention to we can reap even more benefit from our approach play and crucially be in a position to kill the game off with greater efficiency.

We all know the issues we have otherwise if the scoreline stays slim and we take the foot off the pedal bc our efforts have not been properly resolved in front of goal….under duress the current defense will make mistakes (arguably most defenses)

In Arse We Trust
In Arse We Trust

Did he compare himself to Cristiano Ronaldo?

N10
N10

It’s a fine line sometimes between “does this guy care.”, or “this guy is really shit” and “bad month/year”. Sometimes the player just doesn’t fit in, or wants a change of scenery. Alexis, Ox, these guys are thriving. If all these decisions were easy.

Fans have the right to their opinions. Fan complaint is sometimes valid. I think a lot of the Arsenal Fan TV nonsense is from a feeling of powerlessness vs. mgmt, they don’t listen/care. Should they? Up to a point, yes, I think, why not?

I think the more transparency the better. Coaches and people in power don’t like transparency as a rule, because it meddles with their authority and decision-making. But sometimes they don’t have the club’s best interest in mind, they’re just trying to save money or turn a profit (*cough* Highbury).

That’s what muddies all this up, isn’t it? The amount of MONEY involved: the money for tickets, the money these guys get paid is actually obscene if you think about it.

N10
N10

All that to say, good on ya Welbz! Clearly the man is doing doing good for our team. We should be careful before we slag off players recovering from injury. Like I was saying, it can be complicated. Can we ask for more quality without being dicks to the players trying their best? Can we have more transparency so that we can tell? I prefer this than the attitude of blind support for whatever happens at the club.