With injuries ravaging his team and impeding their title ambition, Arsene Wenger has revealed how he tried to manage the career Danny Welbeck.
England striker Welbeck made his first appearance for the Gunners in eight months when coming on as a late substitute in the victory over Preston.
The England international had been out since May and did not make it to the Euro 2016 Championship.
Wenger has revealed the extent of Welbeck’s pain while out injured, and also admitted he sent him away from the club – but for his own good.
‘I sent him away from the club because it can be demoralising for a badly-injured player,’ Wenger said.
‘A football club is built for competitiveness and that makes it difficult for people who are not able to compete and play.
‘I tried to support him, of course, but you have to deal with it on your own. You need great patience to overcome such an injury.
‘Danny worked hard and I am certain it will make him stronger for going through it.
‘He suffered a lot but I hope he will now have a clean run and an injury-free career in front of him.’