Boss Hails Striker After Maestro Performance in FA Cup Fourth Round

Boss Hails Striker After Maestro Performance in FA Cup Fourth Round

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Danny Welbeck has earned massive praise from Arsene Wenger following his masterclass in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The English international bagged two first half goals to give Arsenal the advantage over Southampton who could do nothing to avert a 5-0 bashing.

It was a great response from the 26-year-old who recently made a return from his long-term knee injury which has plagued him since May last year.

Welbeck's sharpness despite the lengthy layoff was a thing of surprise to many, including Wenger, and the Frenchman didn't fail to recognise his contributions while commenting on the game.

“I knew that he worked very hard, but you never know how much efficiency there will be to transfer that into a competitive game. I think it was great to see that he hasn’t lost his runs, he hasn’t lost his finishing. It shows as well, when you are able to transform that frustration of not playing into efficiency, that’s a special guy.”

“I’m not a medical specialist but you hope that it will all go well after he comes back after the second surgery. He became even more resilient and worked even harder. He’s highly respected inside the club because he has shown so much dedication, never moaned, worked very hard and tonight everybody is delighted for him.”

Welbeck's brace together with Theo Walcott's hattrick helped seal a place for Arsenal in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Wenger and the fans will be hoping the striker keeps fit so as to help in their quest to close up the gap between them and Chelsea.

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