Danny Welbeck Reflects on Two Successive Major Injuries

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck claims that his second major injury last year almost destroyed him as a striker.


Welbeck was just returning from almost a year on the sidelines, when he suffered yet another catastrophic injury news towards the end of last season. The striker was signed for £ 16 million from Manchester United in the summer of 2014. He had spent nine months on the sidelines with his first major injury. His second injury resulted in him in spending a similar amount of time on the treatment table just three months after a successful return.

Arsenal took much more caution when it comes to bringing back the striker for the second time. For several games, the striker only played a minor role in the team before coming to the fore in the 5-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup. Since then, he has been preferred for a couple of important games by manager Arsene Wenger. Even though Welbeck has been able to score only one goal in the league since his return, Wenger has been trusting the 26-year-old. Welbeck may be left disappointed with his second major injury, but he can be positive with the fact that he is still only 26.

Welbeck has scored three goals in his last five appearances for the club in all competitions. “It’s been difficult, really difficult. It’s hard to put into words, you’re so used to playing week in, week out, going to training every day, and then you get hit with an injury.The first injury that came was difficult to take. I’d never been out for so long and experienced such a situation.It’s a shock to you, you don’t know how to take it, don’t know how to react but you have to try and look for that bit of positivity,” said Welbeck.

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