Welbeck back in training – should Arsenal start him against Man City?

Ahead of the all-important FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Sunday, Arsenal have received a massive injury boost as striker Danny Welbeck has returned to training just in time for the showdown at Wembley, with the FA Cup now the only trophy that the Gunners can chase this campaign.

Welbeck, who missed Monday night’s victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside as a result of a toe injury sustained during the game against Crystal Palace, appears to have shaken off the knock and seems fit enough to lead the Gunners’ attack against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in what will be Arsenal’s third FA Cup semi-final in four years.

In my opinion, if Danny is fully fit, he must start. The Englishman offers a different dimension to the Arsenal frontline with his endless running, especially down the channels. With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil set to play behind the striker in a 3-4-2-1 formation, it would make better sense if it was Welbeck that our star duo played behind, considering that the former Manchester United man can run the channels, catch up to quick through balls and let’s not forget, he is not too bad in the air either.

In addition, if Arsenal want to play on the counter attack like the last time they were successful against City, Danny must be up front as he can chase down clearances and initiate attacks. Considering that Manchester City’s defence is just as shaky as Arsenal’s backline, it would be a good strategy to start with a ball-carrier up front as that gives the Gunners’ attack more cutting edge. So with that being said, if Danny is indeed fully fit, which it appears he is, he must start against City on Sunday.


  1. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I didn’t even know that Danny Setback was injured ?? Silly me ?
    Call me delusional but I would love us to beat the Spuds in the Final,
    Please God, make it happen, surely this wish is easier than making Wenger leave? ?

  2. The troll formerly known as robin vanpayslip says:

    Danny is lethal in 0161.

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    Welbeck hardly ever scores, Giroud is a way better option, and that’s saying something! Welbeck is a squad player at best!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Welbeck hardly scores simply because he hardly forking plays,man.??

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        Haha True! And by not even playing he’s probably done enough for a new contract and pay raise in Wenger’s eyes. I so wish I was only joking about that.

        1. Break-on-through says:

          Hear no evil see no evil.

  4. Guneal (English Arsenal fans let me down) says:

    Danny Welbeck back in training…….

    Gabriel Jesus back in training………

    Be honest, which will send the chill down the spine of the opposition team?

    Jesus of course……

    1. Break-on-through says:

      I’d read Jesus’s intentions easier than I would Danny’s, sometimes I don’t even think he was sure. Danny bobbler vs bobby dazzler ..no contest.

  5. Break-on-through says:

    Different note altogether.

    As a neutral I’d usually love a team like Monaco to win the CL. After them it would be Juventus, who look a very good shout seeing as the previous winners have never consecutively repeated the feat.

    The thing is though, if we are at some stage to get Allegri, I would rather he was still trying to win his very first CL final. Juventus do not want to lose him as it is, so what chance would we ever have if he claims them the prize they want the most.

    Also for different reasons I don’t want to see Monaco win it. The further those players go through that comp just puts them all further out of our reach. I was clinging to the hope that something could be done with at-least one of them, Arsene having such close ties with that club and all. But it seems every game they play at the moment just pushes them that much further from our grasp.

    I know it’s very small and petty of me for hoping this way, but I’ve been called worse.


    Allegri would be stupid to leave Juve for Arsenal, unless a ridiculous offer is made to him. Other than Alexis, no other Arsenal player would walk into the Juve team.

    I am just being honest…

  7. frustrated gunner says:

    welbeck was a reject from the worst manu squad why should we keep him dont get? ?

  8. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I’ve Just seen some photos of our jokers in training ?
    Apparently Danny Setback missed a session ? And as always our lads were pictured laughing and joking about whilst doing their gay routine exercises ? Oh.. And I forgot to mentioned Bellerin’s new hairstyle, the less said about it the better… Twitter has gone into meltdown with one of the best tweets claiming that Bellerin’s valuation has just plummeted by £10 million lol ?

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