Danny Welbeck has praised Arsenal’s togetherness after the club’s 4-3 win against Leicester City.
In their roller coaster Premier League opener, Arsenal went from ahead, to behind, to level, to behind, to ahead. Whilst Welbeck is keen to avoid the topsy-turvy nature of the win in the future, he was still pleased that the Gunners managed to pull it off, despite it seeming like another case of opening day blues for the team in red.
“I think we showed great determination and great togetherness to get back into the game and we won it towards the end of the game,” he said via the Daily Mail.
However, Welbeck wasn’t happy at the way the North London club put themselves in that situation in the first place, saying: “For us it was a bit disappointing with the goals that we’ve let in and we shouldn’t really be conceding in that way.”
Arsenal fans will agree with Danny here, as it seemed to be more of the same for much of the match on Friday. However, the main positive is that Arsenal won the match without Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Per Mertesacker among others.
When the first choice defenders are back in the side, hopefully some of the team’s defensive issues are eliminated.
In recent years Arsenal have been beaten by Liverpool, West Ham United and Aston Villa at home on the opening day, as well as drawing with Sunderland, only winning on one occasion – against Crystal Palace in 2014, scraping through in stoppage time.
It wasn’t quite stoppage time on this occasion, but Arsenal certainly left things late, going into the last 10 minutes trailing to Leicester thanks to two Jamie Vardy goals on top of Shinji Okazaki’s early effort, despite goals from Lacazette and Welbeck in the first half.