With two well taken first half goals and one assist from the England forward, ensured that Arsenal ran over Southampton at St Mary’s announcing his return from a lengthy injury spell.
His manager, Arsene Wenger who served one of his four game touchline ban in the FA Cup tie against the Saints today, expressed delight with the successful return of Danny Welbeck from injury with two brilliant goals and an assist to put the game beyond the reach of the host team.
The England International made his first start since May and was highly instrumental to the Gunners 5-0 win over Claude Puel’s side.
Also Theo Walcott who equally just returned from a shorter injury spell got Arsenal’s remaining three goals with two coming in the 2nd half of the game.
However, it was Welbeck who took the spotlight. Wenger expressed his delight towards Danny’s performance thus:
“I knew he worked very hard but you never know how efficient that will be in a competitive game,” Wenger said after the win.
“It was great to see he hasn’t lost his runs or finishing. There are always two fears, the first is that it takes him too long to make a decision, and secondly, the player is scared to make contact. It was a very important moment to see him battling the defender.
“He worked very hard and went through some disappointing moments. He had a setback and they had to go in the knee again, after the first disappointment he became more resilient. He’s highly respected in the club because he never moaned.”
Arsenal play Watford on Tuesday night before locking horns against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea on February 4th.
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