Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that that putting Danny Welbeck back on active roster “paid off” for them as they fend off league leader Leicester City, 2-1 in the English Premier League played over the weekend.
Wenger issued the statement in the team’s website even revealing that Welbeck’s comeback was a week ahead of schedule since his injury back in April of last year.
“Yes, on Friday morning I was not convinced that I would include him in the squad, because I planned to play him next week,” Wenger said. “I was going to give him one more week training, but his last two training sessions were so convincing that I decided to include him. It paid off today, and we are all very pleased for him.”
With the score tied at 1-1, Welback scored the winning goal four minutes into stoppage time after he headed Mesut Ozil’s free kick that gave the Gunners the much needed win to boost their own title campaign this season and Wenger added that the win will further fuel the team’s confidence.
“I think so. We were a bit unlucky in our last two home games, against Chelsea and Southampton, and today we have shown the right attitude again. I don’t want to speculate on the impact this has on the other teams, but on our side it strengthens our belief that we have a chance,” Wenger stated.
Leicester City opened the scoring as Jaime Vardy netted a goal in the 45th minute following a controversial call that was issued a penalty kick. Arsenal managed to tie the match after Hector Bellerin made a cross to Olivier Giroud, who set up teammate Theo Walcott for a goal in the 71st minute.
The win chokes up the team standings as Arsenal is tied with Tottenham and they are both just two points away from Leicester City.
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