Danny Welbeck's emotional Arsenal return a positive sign of things to come

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After spending ten months on the treatment table, what a remarkable moment for Danny Welbeck to announce his Arsenal return with a last-minute winner against Premier League leaders Leicester City.

In a last-ditch bid to secure all three points, Arsene Wenger threw on the England international with ten minutes remaining of the 90, reverting to an attacking 4-4-2 formation.

And the gamble paid off. In the fifth minute of stoppage time, Welbeck rose highest to delicately flick a Mesut Ozil cross past the impressive Kasper Schmeichel - cue euphoria at the Emirates as the crowd erupted.


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For Arsenal fans, this goal had everything - it was scored in the final few seconds of what was a pulsating game, earned a vital three points amidst their title bid and highlighted the sheer grit and determination needed to win the Premier League.

A fantastic goal and occasion for the club and fans, but even more so for Welbeck, who was surrounded by his teammates upon his header finding the back of the net. It was clear they knew the importance of the goal, not just for their title bid, but for the 25-year-old himself.

Arsenal have once again suffered a number of injuries this season, seeing several key players endure lengthy lay-offs.

However, with Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere the only remaining squad members due to return, it begs the question of just how powerful and dominant this Arsenal side can become if armed with every player possible.

Arsenal fans will be hoping Welbeck's emotional return and change in fortunes will be a positive sign of what's to come.

His winner was perhaps summed up most fittingly through Sky Sports' commentary: "There’s your fairytale!"

In a sport that has seen dark times of late in match-fixing, racism and corruption, this was a wonderful sight to behold for football fans. It can be beautiful after all.

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