Danny Welbeck has admitted he is struggling for match sharpness since returning to the Arsenal side – and has also discussed his favoured position in the Gunners’ attack.
Welbeck’s performance in the North London derby was among our 10 talking points to come from the game, but the striker claims he is finding it “difficult” after his long-term injury lay-off.
The Gunners striker underwent knee surgery last year and only returned to first team action last month.
Speaking about his progress so far, he said: “Yes, it is difficult being out for so long and coming straight back in to the team.
“With the intensity (at Tottenham) I found it quite difficult but I try and give my best every single game and see how it goes.
“ No (I don’t feel sharp yet), it is going to take a while I think. I don’t feel as sharp as I did before my operation and I don’t know how long it will take but I’m getting fitter and stronger each week.
“It is obviously difficult watching from the sidelines and being at home and not being able to play your part on the pitch.
“You try and do as much as you can off of it, work as hard as you can so once yo do come back you are ready and you get your opportunity on the pitch and to play your part on for the team.”
Welbeck has already made an impact, scoring the dramatic late winner against Leicester.
Welbeck on favoured position
But Welbeck, who played in his preferred central role at Tottenham, has already forgotten the Leicester goal as he looks to help Arsenal chase the title while they also face an FA Cup replay at Hull on Tuesday.
England star Welbeck says they showed heart at Tottenham but admits he was disappointed as they needed to win.
Welbeck said: “That (Leicester) is is the past now it is something where you really want to move on, you have got to try and make that moment mean something come the end of the season.
“When I’m on the pitch I’m going to give it my all wherever I play but yeah, I do prefer to play down the middle.
“We should be showing heart in every single game. When we went down 2-1 at Tottenham it wasn’t positive for us and we had to dig in and we got a goal in the end and it is a good a result for us – with the red card, before that we were really looking to go on and win the game.
“We were comfortable at the time but I don’t want to pin any blame on anybody, we are team – we lose together, we draw together and we win together.
“We didn’t win the game and that was something we wanted to do so it is a disappointment.”