It’s been a difficult few weeks for Arsenal but at last, there’s some news for their fans to celebrate.
Danny Welbeck could make his first appearance since last April this coming Friday.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners striker could return from a serious knee injury for the Under-21s in their game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
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Arsene Wenger’s side have dropped to fourth in the Premier League after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Southampton and, although this news isn’t as good as that celebrated by Manchester City this week, it’s still a welcome boost for the team.
Welbeck suffered the injury in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea last spring and hasn’t played a minute since.
Not only is it a lift for Arsenal, winless in the league since January 2, but it’s also welcome news for Roy Hodgson as the England boss continues his preparation for the upcoming European Championships.
Welbeck is competing with fellow strikers Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin, Daniel Sturbridge and Jermain Defoe for a plane ticket to France.
Battle for places
The 25-year-old will do well to earn a permanent spot in Arsenal’s starting line-up despite their recent struggles. Olivier Giroud has scored 18 goals this season while Alexis Sanchez is a lock to play on the left flank.
Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell are better fits than Welbeck on the opposite flank.
So it’ll be difficult for Welbeck to earn the minutes he needs to impress Hodgson and his lengthy spell on the sideline, combined with Vardy’s emergence, doesn’t help his chances.
But this remains great news for a player with massive potential.