Danny Welbeck fit to play against Manchester United

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Arsene Wenger has sent a chill down the spine of every Manchester United fan after confirming Danny Welbeck will be "alright" for Sunday's trip to Old Trafford.

Arsenal will be hoping to seal their second victory of the season at the Theatre of Dreams when they take on the Red Devils this weekend and will be able to call on Welbeck after he recovered from a knee problem.

The striker has missed Arsenal's last two games with the injury, but has past a number of fitness tests and has been training with the first-team squad this week.

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Wenger confirmed to The Mirror that the 24-year-old is likely to travel with the rest of the Arsenal squad and will be hoping to give Louis van Gaal another dose of humble pie.

Welbeck infamously left Old Trafford on the final day of the summer transfer window in a £16m deal. Van Gaal had told the England international that he had no place for him in his squad and allowed him to move to the Emirates.

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The Dutchman may have been regretting his decision on March 9 when Welbeck scored the winning goal for Arsenal in a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup.

Now Wenger will face a bid decision over who he picks. Olivier Giroud has been his first choice for much of the second half of the season, but disappointed against Swansea City on Monday night.

Not only that, but Welbeck will be ever so motivated to get out on the pitch and drive home Van Gaal's apparent mistake at letting him leave.

Striker role

Wenger took that same gamble in the FA Cup tie and it paid dividends. Welbeck put in a man of the match performance to help Arsenal through to the fifth round.

Without his contribution, the Gunners may not be contesting an FA Cup final later this month.

The injury

Arsenal were concerned that Welbeck's knee problem would turn out to be more serious, but having run multiple tests, medical staff are confident the issue was just inflammation.

Wenger still has plenty of options, however, and may also choose to take a cautious approach. However, Welbeck will certainly be doing all he can to make sure he is on that team bus on Sunday morning.


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