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Daniel Welbeck | Forward | #23

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/26/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 161

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With the news that Danny Welbeck will be out for nine months after injuring his knee, Arsenal will surely be forced into the transfer market for a new forward.
This could be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal supporters. Danny Welbeck's late-season form had the potential to convince Arsene Wenger that persisting with the trio of Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott as central forwards was a good idea. The absence of Welbeck until at least the second half of next season will change that plan. Arsenal probably need two forwards, a lead forward and another to replace Walcott who hasn't done the job, and Welbeck's injury makes that even more obvious. Names in the rumor mill include Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid/Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) and Michy Batshuayi (Marseille). May 12 - 2:42 PM

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Danny Welbeck will be side-lined for up-to nine months after Arsenal confirmed the injury-plagued forward had undergone surgery to repair ‘significant cartilage damage’.

Arsène Wenger admitted he was "worried" earlier this week by the injury sustained by Welbeck at the Etihad on Sunday – and the Gunners boss had every right to be. "We tried to keep him on the pitch," he said post-match. "But straight away he tried to move and said, ‘It’s impossible’. Welbeck went under the knife after tests revealed a large meniscus tear in his right knee ruling him out until 2017. The club released a statement on Wednesday offering their support to the hapless 25-year-old: ‘Everyone at Arsenal will be working hard with Danny throughout his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.’
May 12 - 9:32 AM

Arsène Wenger admitted he was "worried" by the injury sustained by Welbeck during the first half of Sundays’ game at the Etihad, however, he refused to rule the England international out of Euro 2016 until he has further tests.

Welbeck was making his first start in four, but lasted less than half an hour after he was forced off with a knee problem. "The first signs look like lateral meniscus [cartilage]," Wenger told the BBC. "He looks down, and he’s not a guy who likes to go off. I’m a bit worried. I don’t want to say about the Euros – let’s be a bit more optimistic." Having already spent 10 months out following knee surgery, Welbeck has worked hard to put himself back in contention for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, but, this latest setback could scupper any chance of appearing in France. "Danny is a strong boy and we tried to keep him on the pitch," mused Wenger. "But straight away he tried to move and said, ‘It’s impossible’.
Source: The Guardian
May 9 - 11:16 AM

Arsenal were by no means impressive today, but Arsene Wenger pushed the right button by calling on Danny Welbeck in the second half and the forward scored the lone goal of a day as the Gunners squeak past Norwich City, 1-0.

There has been a strain on the relationship between Wenger and Arsenal supporters because of comments the manager made in the press this week and the Emirates contained a significant number of protesters. While the Gunners did not dispatch of Norwich in convincing fashion, credit is due to the manager for making the right move at the right time. After a first half in which Arsenal failed to register a shot on target, Wenger brought Welbeck on shortly before the hour mark and three minutes later, the substitute scored after Olivier Giroud headed a ball into his path. The defense picked up the slack of an otherwise lackluster attacking display and the win moves Arsenal ahead of Manchester City for now, with the latter playing tomorrow.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 2:33 PM

Arsene Wenger indicated that Danny Welbeck is questionable for Arsenal's match with Swansea as the manager uses caution as the player returns from a long injury layoff.

Danny Welbeck has been one of Arsenal's few bright spots over their past few matches. Between the winner against Leicester City and a goal on his return to Old Trafford the former Manchester United forward has been a breath of fresh air for a forward line that has seen Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott all slump at the same time. If Wenger is forced to sit Welbeck in mid-week it is reasonable to suspect that Arsenal will struggle to score.
Mar 1 - 9:16 AM

Danny Welbeck returned to the Arsenal squad with the decisive goal deep in stoppage time to see off top-of-the-table Leicester City.

It was billed as a must-win for Arsenal if they wanted to stay in the title race and win they did, but just barely. After going down a goal in the first half to a questionable penalty, the Gunners got a break when Danny Simpson was sent off for a second yellow card early in the second half. Olivier Giroud set up Theo Walcott to level out the Jamie Vardy penalty goal. It looked like the match would end 1-1 until an ill-advised Marcin Wasilewski foul on Nacho Monreal in the fourth minute of stoppage time gave Arsenal a free kick in a dangerous spot. Danny Welbeck got the faintest of touches on Mesut Ozil's cross but it was enough for an Arsenal win on the last kick of the match.
Feb 14 - 9:11 AM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Danny Welbeck's recovery is continuing and that he could be ready for the club's FA Cup date with Hull City next weekend.

With Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell all fit, the next question becomes how likely it is that Danny Welbeck will get significant minutes for Arsenal this season or at any time in the near future. Theo Walcott has proven effective at least occasionally in a central forward role and Joel Campbell has asserted himself in the race for minutes as a wide attacker. It leaves Welbeck's spot in serious question and makes a summer move seem like a real possibility if he can remain fit for the final few months of the season.
Feb 11 - 12:17 PM

The latest reports suggest that Danny Welbeck has suffered a fresh injury setback which will keep the Arsenal forward on the sidelines until February in the first instance.

Speculation began to mount last weekend when Arsene Wenger provided updates ahead of the trip to Aston Villa. Originally, Arsenal had projected returns in early 2016 for Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky but while the Frenchman was forthcoming with news on – Wilshere (early January) and Rosicky (late January) – there was no mention of Welbeck. However, England manager Roy Hodgson was quoted in September: "And now I hear it’s another six months," following the players knee surgery. Maybe Arsenal were a little optimistic in their expected timeframe. Regardless, we won’t be seeing Welbeck any time soon and his place in next summers’ European Championships is under threat; although the 25-year-old is expected to be available for the Champions League final in May!
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 05:57:00 PM

An injury that was supposed to be "minor" when it happened in April has turned into September knee surgery and "months" of further recovery.

The word from the Arsenal camp is that Welbeck just wasn't responding to treatment and it was decided that knee surgery would be necessary. While there wasn't a specific return date provided, the word "months" was used rather than days and weeks which had been the prognosis last season, over the summer, and into the early stages of this season. November or December seems like the earliest that Arsenal are likely to see any further contribution from the England man.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 01:20:00 PM

Danny Welbeck will not make it back to full health in time to be available for the start of the 2015-16 season kicking off at the Emirates on Sunday against West Ham United.

The England forward has been struggling with a knee injury for longer than anyone expected continues not to be ready for first team action. He didn't feature at all during the pre-season and doesn't have the "I played in a summer tournament" excuse that players like Alexis, Aguero and others do. Arsenal are blessed with depth in the form of Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez, and Oxlade-Chamberlain to play in the attacking spots with Aaron Ramsey able to deputize in a pinch as well so Welbeck won't be missed immediately but if he isn't available soon then this will officially enter concerning territory.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 02:16:00 PM

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a number of his first team squad members will not travel to Singapore to take part in the Barclays’ Asia Trophy including Danny Welbeck who is still nursing a knee injury.

Welbeck was said to be suffering from a bruised [knee] bone at the beginning of May which at the time was not thought to be long-term. However the Arsenal coach revealed during a pre-tour conference that the England international has not returned to full training and will remain in London to work on his fitness. Tomas Rosicky [knee] is another absentee having picked up a minor issue while representing the Czech Rep back in June. David Ospina and Alexis Sanchez will be given additional time-off following their participation in the Copa America while Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell, Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo will all miss out as the club expect the quartet to leave during the window – either permanently or on-loan.
Source: The Guardian
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 11:47:00 AM

Danny Welbeck continues to struggle with his knee injury but otherwise Arsenal are fully fit for Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Arsene Wenger faces a number of difficult selection choices ahead of the FA Cup final. He has already telegraphed that he is going to keep to his policy of playing his second choice goalkeeper in domestic cup competitions so we know Wojciech Szczesny will start. The choices on his field players will be more difficult with Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere both showing well in Week 38 as they push for starts in the final. Walcott has seemed a far better fit than Aaron Ramsey on the right side of the attack since he has returned. Wilshere seems less likely to feature as Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, the two people he is likely trying to displace, have been two of the club's best players this season when healthy. Good problems for a manager to have coming into a final.
Fri, May 29, 2015 04:12:00 PM

After repeatedly indicating that Danny Welbeck would play before the end of the season, Arsene Wenger has reversed course and declared the England international out for Week 38 and the FA Cup final.

It has been a disappointing first season at the Emirates Stadium for Welbeck and Arsenal. After a move from Manchester United was supposed to lead to more playing time, especially at his preferred central forward spot, Welbeck hasn't played much more than he did for Manchester United last season. His opportunities have been curtailed by minor injuries, mediocre form, and the much better form of Olivier Giroud since February. It will be an interesting summer for Welbeck who could, once again, find himself as a spare part at a large club.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, May 22, 2015 10:11:00 AM

Danny Welbeck will miss out on an Old Trafford reunion as he continues to recover slowly from the knee injury that has kept him sidelined since late April.

The knee issue, which has consistently been reported as "minor", is now reaching the lingering stage. Arsenal are generally healthy and have options all over the pitch but supporters, wary of Arsenal's recent injury history as a club, will be starting to worry that what was supposed to be a one or two week injury has now turned into a month-long injury that is still not resolved. Welbeck may be a reserve in the eyes of most but the underlying worry is that Arsenal still haven't figured out how to get and keep their players healthy.
Fri, May 15, 2015 10:11:00 AM

Danny Welbeck looks set to hand Arsenal a welcome fitness boost in time for Sundays’ meeting against his former employers – Manchester United - at the Emirates Stadium.

Welbeck has missed the two previous games because of knee inflammation but the England international is now training fully and in line for a place in the Arsenal squad which takes on United this weekend. However Wenger will almost certainly be without full-back Mathieu Debuchy who continues his recovery from a hamstring strain while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is close but with only 5-starts in 2015 the winger would have to be satisfied with a place on the bench. Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are better placed in terms of fitness should the French coach decide to make changes following Mondays’ disappointing defeat at home to Swansea.
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, May 14, 2015 02:36:00 AM