Welbeck……. the forgotten man!
We were all excited when he arrived were we not, he was excess to requirements for Van Gaals new revolution at United and we got him for about 16 million smackerooneys!
Arsenal fandom was buzzing and the red side of Manchester was fuming. That was at the last minute of the summer transfer window 2014. Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah “Danny” Welbeck to give him his full name got his first game against Man City on the 13th of September 2014 and scored his first goal against Aston Villa seven days late and set up an assist for Ozil, Arsenal fans were waxing lyrical about how his play would easily mix into the Arsenal way.
A couple of weeks later he scored a hat-trick in the Champions League in a 4-1 victory against Galatasaray, oh what joy, we had a striker who was going to score goals for fun. He then scored the winning goal that knocked his old team, United, out of the FA Cup on our way to the 2015 final. Oh how we laughed at United and Van Gaal for selling such a gem.
In April 2014 however, he suffered a knee injury and didn’t play again that season, and unfortunately for him, missing our victory at Wembley in the FA Cup Final.
Then at the beginning of this season it was announced that he would be out of action until Christmas, and he still hasn’t made an appearance and we’re nearly at the end of January and I think Wenger has only just said that Danny may be back in training next week.
So from being extremely excited at the beginning of last season to being extremely disappointed this season, we haven’t seen much of Danny boy and I wonder if he is the new Jack Wilshere or even Diaby?
I wonder if we’ll hear in February that there has been a set back in his recovery and will be out for the rest of the season. I sincerely hope not, if Wenger doesn’t get another striker in this January window then Welbeck is going to be needed urgently.
The injury problems at Arsenal FC do give rise to concerns about the capabilities of the medical staff, we do seem to experience a higher number of set backs when we’ve been told that someone will be back on a certain date but as that date approaches a statement has been made stating that the player will be out for another few weeks or months. It’s frustrating for fans and I sure it’s frustrating for Wenger….. I’m not sure what they can do about it, do you?
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