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Danny Welbeck absence helps Improvement in him

Danny Welbeck’s extended absence from the first team has helped him improve as a person according to manager Arsene Wenger, who has also praised the attitude of the England international.

Following a long-term knee injury, Welbeck spent almost 10 months on the sidelines. He returned back to the first-team in February and has already started making a huge impact by scoring some important goals. A return of three goals from just five starts may just lead Arsenal into believing that they have unlocked the goalscoring potential of the former Manchester United forward.

Arsenal have had a much bigger threat up front than they have had throughout the campaign when Olivier Giroud was only leading the line. After being in the title race as long as Giroud was scoring, the club has found itself far away from the race in recent weeks. This has been directly attributed to the Frenchman’s poor form in the last 10 matches. Giroud may have scored 20 goals in 47 appearances this season, but he has only two in the last 10. At times, he has been partnered by Theo Walcott, who has managed only nine goals in the whole campaign. Arsene Wenger has been criticised for his reluctance to spend in January as a reason for the club dropping out.

“[Motivation] is always a combination of both external influence, and the suffering helps. I am convinced of that. I read a recent study where it is scientifically proven that somebody, to get to the utmost of his talent, really has to suffer, to go through a period of suffering. That is why I am very grateful to the press! Danny has all the qualities that you need in the modern game. If he adds that finishing quality he has all that you need,” said Wenger.