Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has spoken of his hope for Danny Welbeck’s return from injury in time for the Gunners’ title collapse next season.
The striker has been ruled out for nine months after suffering severe cartilage damage to his right knee during Arsenal’s draw against Manchester City, but his estimated return in February 2017 would be perfectly timed for the club’s now annual title dreams to be crushed.
Speaking at a press conference, Wenger said: ‘It is a shame, for sure, that we have lost Danny for so long. Everybody at the club is sad for him, especially with the Euros taking place this summer.
‘However, we are confident that he’ll be back in time to play some part in us throwing away yet another championship’, the 66-year-old continued, ‘as well as our traditional Champions League first round knockout exit’.
The length of the absence will come as a bitter blow to Welbeck, as he had only just returned from a nine-and-a-half month lay-off from an injury to his other knee. However, the 25-year-old tried to remain positive, saying: ‘It could be worse. At least I’m not Jack Wilshere. I’m not him, right? I’m so loaded up on novocaine right now I don’t even know where I am anymore. Look at those pretty colours. I’m eating them, Jack. I’m eating them’.
Arsenal will now surely be forced into finally signing a striker this summer, with Daniel Sturridge, who gets injured just by looking at a medical dictionary, looking like a perfect fit in the Emirates Stadium squad.