Arsene Wenger 'concerned' about Danny Welbeck
Arsene Wenger is clueless as to why striker Danny Welbeck continues to be sidelined with an injury that was to take much lesser time, report The Guardian. The English international has been sidelined since April with a 'minor problem' but has so far taken nearly 16 weeks – plus an additional 3 weeks more – and that's left Wenger sweating.
Speaking on the issue, Wenger said, “It is much slower than expected.
"It was a bone bruising at the start. You think that it will be quite quick. He is an important player for us and the fact that he is not available is a bit of a concern."
With Arsenal stars Tomas Rosciky and Jack Wilshere also suffering long-term injuries, Wenger confirmed that Welbeck wouldn't need any kind of surgery.
“It is bone bruising and nothing wrong at all. They have done all kinds of scans that today are very sophisticated and some of them I don’t understand at all. But they tell me no.”
The Ex-Manchester United striker scored 7 goals last season in 31 appearances and his injury leaves Frenchman Olivier Giroud the only senior striker for the Gunners.
"Difficult to stop"
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger gave fans some good news that Chilean superstar, Alexis Sanchez, would be fit and available for the Crystal Palace game on Sunday evening.
Having had an extended break due to National team commitments for the Copa America, Sanchez made a brief cameo in Arsenal's loss to West Ham last week. Given how that match panned out, it looks like he'll slot right back into the starting eleven this time around.
Speaking on the ex-Barca forward, Wenger said, “He works extremely hard in every single training session to show that he is ready.
“It is what everybody should do. You wonder if he has created a beach at home and runs along the living room. He is a hyperactive guy. He needs that to be happy."
Against West Ham last weekend, Sanchez lacked a little sharpness and Wenger is worried that his star might suffer from fatigue early on.
“I am a bit worried, but I knew before the start that once he is here, he would be difficult to stop. So I gave him a long enough break. He had four weeks off, which is quite reasonable.
“In March, April, May you could see he was a bit jaded. But he is still a guy who can be decisive in a game. Once he is out there he gives 100%. This season, he knows what is expected from him and he will do better than last year," he concluded.