By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

The Arsenal players chanted the name of Danny Welbeck when he returned to the dressing room after scoring his last-minute winner against Leicester.

Arsene Wenger revealed after the Gunners’ 2-1 win over their title rivals that the squad paid homage to Welbeck, who secured all three points in his comeback match.

The England international had not played for 10 months when he was sent on as an 83rd minute substitute with the scores level at 1-1.

He responded with a deft header from Mesut Ozil’s free-kick in the final minute of added time to lift Arsenal – before second-placed Tottenham’s trip to Manchester City – to second in the Premier League table and narrow the gap on Leicester to two points.

Speaking afterwards, Wenger said: “The players chanted Danny Welbeck’s name when he got to the dressing room after the game. He got a great reception.

Everybody’s extremely happy for him because he’s been out for 10 months, an eternity for a player.

“He’s a great guy, with a great mentality. He worked extremely hard [to come back].”

Before his comeback against Leicester, Welbeck had not played since Arsenal’s goal-less draw against Chelsea on 26 April last year.