He hadn’t played in a month because of an injury, and he was taken off at halftime against FC Koln on Thursday, in the Europa League, leading some to believe that there was something wrong with him, again. Arsene Wenger cleared out though that Danny Welbeck’s substitution was planned, and everything’s fine with him.
It was planned before the game that he would only play 45 minutes. He has only just come back from injury, and we have three more games on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday again
the Arsenal manager told the club’s official website, rejecting rumours that his player had felt unwell.
Medically, the risk was a bit too high to play him for longer because he has been out for a while. He has no problem. Of course, he was ready to stay on and frustrated to come off, but he’s in good shape
the Frenchman also said. As for another Arsenal player who has suffered with serious injuries over the past years, Jack Wilshere, he seems to be opening up to the possibility of leaving the Emirates Stadium, as he’s still to start getting serious game time in the Premier League, after his return to the Gunners.
Of course I want to be playing. It’s difficult when you play every three weeks. It’s the same as every player. I’m still determined to win my place back, I’m working hard and we’ll see what the future holds – if I can get in or I can’t
the former England international said, referring to the fact that most of his playing time so far this season has come in the Europa League and the EFL Cup.