Danny Welbeck made an explosive return from injury when he scored the last gasp winner to hand Arsenal a much needed win against Leicester City and keep them in the Premier League title race. It was the English striker's first appearance in over ten months following his recovery from a knee injury he sustained in April 2015.
It has been a long road to recovery for the former Manchester United star who arrived in a deadline day deal from the Old Trafford club during the 2014 summer transfer window. After an average first season with the north London club, which saw him score just four goals in 27 league appearances, he will be keen to make an impact during the rest of the campaign as Arsenal enter the final stretch in the title race in search of their first Premier League title in over a decade.
Arsene Wenger believes the striker has returned to his best after a long spell on the sidelines, and he is likely to start when Hull City visit the Emirates Stadium for a fifth round FA Cup clash on Saturday (20 February). The French manager believes the striker has come back a 'stronger man' and has commended Welbeck on his resilience during a testing period.
"It's always a good observation of character and the resilience of a person when they are injured for such a long time," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
"You look at how he resists the stress of not being able to play, how much he can respond with the effort he puts into his rehab, and how focused he can be every day when he goes step by step slowly."
"I think he has become a stronger man with what happened to him. He is already experienced, physically he is back to his best, so I believe the best is still to come for him," the Gunners boss added.