As reported by talkSPORT, Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will not receive any kind of punishment in the wake of his dive against AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League last week.
The 27-year-old has faced a great deal of criticism in recent days courtesy of the dive, which wound up winning the Gunners a penalty that sent them on their way to a comfortable aggregate victory over the Italian side.
Much needed luck
There were memes, comparisons to Dele Alli, and in addition to that, fans noted that they lost some respect for the Englishman because of the incident. Despite that, however, the decision not to reprimand Welbeck is one that will cause many fans to issue a sigh of relief.
Obviously, the former Manchester United man isn’t the long-term solution to any of the major issues facing Arsenal Football Club right now, but he’s certainly a capable forward who is still considered good enough to be called up to the England national team. That might not be a credible source of optimism for some, but it’s still worth noting.
The win against Milan ensured that the North London side made it three successive victories in all competitions, which was much needed following a four-game losing stretch which left many supporters calling for Arsene Wenger’s dismissal. The club’s momentum has been somewhat halted by the international break, with their next match not coming until April 1st.
Not out of the woods
In terms of Welbeck, though, it’d be interesting to know whether or not there will be any consequences behind the scenes. After all, this is an embarrassing look for the club, you can’t deny that, and despite Arsenal’s lack of a backbone in recent years we’d still like to think that some form of action will be taken.
Diving is one of the biggest sins in modern football, and it doesn’t matter which player from which team is guilty of it. Steps need to be taken in order to stamp out these problems from the game, and as one of the biggest teams in England, Arsenal need to serve as an example for that.
Should Welbeck have been punished?