Wenger to be cautious with ‘mentally strong’ Welbeck

Date published: Monday 30th January 2017 11:14

Danny Welbeck: Returned with a bang

Arsene Wenger has hailed “mentally strong” Danny Welbeck, but admitted the striker is unlikely to start against Watford on Tuesday night.

Welbeck started his first match for the Gunners since May 2016 in Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round.

The striker scored twice and set up Theo Walcott for his first before being substituted on 65 minutes with the Gunners in control and Wenger has admitted he will have to be cautious with the England man.

“He is very sharp,” said Wenger. “Physically he is ready. But we must manage the time we play him and rest him.

“In the next month he will be completely fit. To come out of what he went through, you have to be mentally strong.”

When asked about the performance of Welbeck and Walcott against Southampton, Wenger said: “I am pleased first of all with their performance.

“We have scored many goals this season and Danny was not there so to add him to the squad gives us huge offensive potential.

“I have to use the strikers in the right moment without destroying the balance of the team.

“I will add Perez who contributed well on Saturday. We have many players who can produce and score.”

Speaking about transfer deadline day and the issue of a full Premier League programme taking place, Wenger added: “It is not easy. But all the big clubs are organised.

“Maybe the managers have less of an eye on the interest.

“There are people inside the club who can sort this.

“On the last day of the transfer window, it is always complicated and always a bit superficial.”

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