Danny Welbeck says everyone at the club needs to get behind Unai Emery if they want to make this transitional period for the club a successful one.
Welbeck is currently out injured, but he took the opportunity to utilise some of his time away from football to visit children at an Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai on Wednesday. Speaking during the event, the striker gave his thoughts on Unai Emery and new head coach’s time at the club so far.
“It’s been positive,” Welbeck told Sport360°. “It’s a transitional period for the club with the new manager coming in. He has his ideas and what he wants to instil within the team.
“It’s something that as players, staff, fans, the whole club, we all have to get behind his ideas. But we’re heading in the right direction and to where Arsenal Football Club can be.”
The 28-year-old then talked about making positive progress with his injury, but wouldn’t put a deadline on his recovery.
“The early stages were hard but you’ve got to stay strong and focused on what you’ve got to do to get back fit, and that’s what I’ve done.
“There’s stuff that will make you stronger and, mentally, I’m in a good place at the moment. I’m making good progress and I’m happy with the stage I’m at. It’s nice to have a break and get some good weather.
“It’s not something I can put a time frame on (returning to action). I want to make sure I’m 100 per cent right when I come back.”
Arsenal are similarly giving nothing away in terms of when the forward might return. Their injury updates simply say ‘recovering after surgery’, as with Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding. Welbeck’s contract comes to an end in the summer, so it remains to be seen whether he’ll get the chance to play for The Gunners again.
The timing of Welbeck’s latest injury is a shame because he’d made a good start under new management. The England international had five goals and an assist in 14 appearances (just seven starts). Hopefully, he’ll return in the same kind of form very soon.