According to the London Standard, Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck could make his return from injury against Tottenham in the north London derby on Saturday lunchtime.
The forward has been sidelined since mid-October with a hamstring injury. The problem has meant that the 26-year-missed out on the England squad for friendly international games against Germany and Brazil.
In-favour at the start of the campaign
Danny Welbeck has not always been a regular starter in Arsenal’s first-team since arriving from Manchester United back in 2014. He has been in and out of the Gunners starting line-up.
However, Arsene Wenger picked Welbeck for six of the Gunners first eight Premier League games of the season. The veteran French boss is a big fan of the 26-year-old, whose versatility means that he can play in a variety of positions.
His favoured position is as a central striker. However, he has also played on the wingers for the Gunners.
Welbeck is a very useful asset
Danny Welbeck has never quite lived up to his early career promise. He is highly unlikely to ever become a world-class striker. However, he does have attributes that make him a useful asset for Wenger.
His biggest asset is his pace, whether he plays up front or out wide, it causes defences problems. Welbeck’s pace is a very useful weapon if the Gunners want to play on the counter-attack, just as they did to hold champions Chelsea to a goalless draw.
Welbeck also showed one of his other attributes in that game at Stamford Bridge, his work-rate. The forward is not afraid to work hard for his team and at times runs himself into the ground.
Will not start the derby
I highly doubt that Danny Welbeck will start the north London derby. Wenger must make a statement of intent by starting his first-choice attacking trio of Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.
If the game were away from home then Welbeck may just have got the nod. However, Welbeck is not likely to be match sharp, so is likely to start Saturday’s game on the bench.
Just because he does not start does not mean he will not have an effect on the game. Welbeck has come off the bench to make a big impact in many games in recent seasons.
Danny Welbeck is much maligned. However, at least he gives a hundred percent for the team. I for one will be glad to see him back in the Arsenal squad on Saturday.
Will Danny Welbeck have an effect on Saturday’s north London derby?