Date: 10th January 2017 at 10:11am
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Having spent so long out with injury, Danny Welbeck’s long awaited return to first team action almost ended in spectacular style against Preston North End.

Ending his months of misery, the player is back almost fit after eight odd months out but he’s certainly ready for more game time and only a fantastic save from their goalkeeper in the FA Cup third round tie stopped him from getting back on the scoresheet at the first time of asking – but for Welbeck he was just pleased to be back on the pitch.

Manager Arsene Wenger was speaking about the player to the Official Site in his post game press conference and he knew patience was required, but he also saw the spark from Welbeck that showed him despite his injury troubles he would continue to have a bright future and a ‘dream career’ given he’s only 26 years old.

‘The patience you need when you have an injury at that age – it`s terrible to go through. To miss the European Championship and on top of that he missed the start of the season, but he worked hard and certainly victory will make him stronger. But 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, he will now have a dream career.’

Wenger went on to say that when players are injured in some ways they can fall off the radar for him because his focus is on coming games and players that are available to him, but especially for a long term injury he feels it is sometimes better to get them out of the club so there isn’t the constant reminder of what they are missing out on – and can therefore just focus on recovery.

‘When the players are injured they are a little bit out of my sight because I sent him away as well. When a player has a long-term injury, sometimes it`s better you get him out and away, that he lives without the players and people who are injured as well. Because when he comes in he sees everybody go out there and you have to stay inside – the football club is built for people who are competitive. So sometimes mentally it`s difficult, so we let him go outside and miss this time.’

Wenger added quickly that it doesn’t mean you ignore them though.

‘Of course we spoke with him a lot, but at the end of the day, when something like that happens to you, you deal with it on your own. But we try to support him, of course.’

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