By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger has opened up about Danny Welbeck’s “terrible” experience after picking up two serious injuries and admitted the striker suffered “desperation” during his recovery.
Welbeck made his comeback in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory against Preston on Saturday after missing seven months following knee ligament damage.
The 26-year-old was forced to miss the European Championships in the summer. He was expected to receive a call-up from Roy Hodgson but he picked up another long-term injury just days before the squad was announced.
His last appearance came in May 2016 and Wenger has now stated the striker had to have a lot of patience but it was a “very difficult moment” for him and the manager hopes Welbeck can now bounce back and put his injuries behind him.
“I think he [Welbeck] went from… certainly desperation because the setback he had was absolutely atrocious. The patience you need when you’re that age – it was terrible,” said Wenger in the Evening Standard.
“And to miss the European Championship on top of that, after missing the start of the season. You have to go through it and that was a very difficult moment for him, I think he suffered a lot but I hope, touch wood, that he now will have a clean sheet.”
Welbeck almost marked his return against Preston in emphatic style when he produced a stunning strike which was tipped over the bar by Chris Maxwell.
He completed a seven minute cameo without injury in the victory and will hope to be handed further opportunities in the next couple of weeks.
Since joining for £17million from Man United in September 2014, Welbeck has made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners and has scored 13 goals, including eight in 36 league games.
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