A return from injury has seen Danny Welbeck slot right back into the side.
First he came off the bench to score a crucial late winner against Leicester City, then he was our best attacking player in the FA Cup against Hull City.
Up against Barcelona in midweek, Welbeck came off the bench again and looked very sharp in the closing stages. It honestly looks like the forward isn’t that rusty, but Arsène Wenger isn’t convinced.
“It is not the case that it does not look like he has been away,” the Arsenal manager said in Friday morning’s press conference. “People are quick to make assessments like that. He has been out for a while, we still need to be cautious with him.”
It is true that people may have been carried away with the enormity of the goal against Leicester, but Welbeck was very good against Hull from the start and from the bench against Barcelona.
Having said that, we can expect Sunday’s game to be intense and the 25-year-old may not be ready to start such a huge match already.
“I haven’t picked my team yet for Sunday,” Wenger added. “I cannot tell you that now at the moment. He is still in the squad and he is not completely over his knee problem. He has done really well and is very fit. I have to analyse that.”
Clearly there’s a chance Welbeck will start in front of his old fans once again, though there’s an element of risk involved. Wouldn’t it be nice to see him score a goal against his former club once again?