Danny Welbeck thinks Arsenal need to demonstrate heart more often. The 25-year-old striker was part of the Gunners team that salvaged a draw from their Premier League fixture against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (5 March) – and Welbeck has called on his teammates to show the same fighting spirit again and again in the run-in.
The Reds played much of the second half at White Hart Lane with ten men, following the dismissal of Francis Coquelin, but still managed to scrape a draw from the game thanks to a late goal from Alexis Sanchez. Despite this, Welbeck admitted to being disappointed they did not claim all three points.
"We should be showing heart in every single game," he said, according to The Mirror. "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 a team – we lose together, we draw together and we win together," the Arsenal star said. "We didn't win the game and that was something we wanted to do so it is a disappointment."
Welbeck only returned to first-team action with Arsenal recently following a ten-month injury lay-off. The former Manchester United striker admitted he has found it tough adjusting to the pace of Premier League football after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.
"It is difficult being out for so long and coming straight back in to the team," the Arsenal hitman shared. "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."
The Arsenal man added: "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 you do come back you are ready and you get your opportunity on the pitch and to play your part on for the team."