Danny Welbeck has described his winner for Arsenal against Leicester City on Sunday as a ‘beautiful feeling’, following his return from injury.
The 25-year old was returning from a 10-month injury lay-off and came on as a second half substitute with the scoreline at 1-1, and with Arsenal needing to get a win to breath some life into their title charge.
The England striker rose highest to head in a Mesut Ozil free-kick in stoppage time, to condemn Leicester to their first defeat in eight games, after Theo Walcott had grabbed the equalizer for the Gunners after also coming off the bench.
“We had chance after chance, I was a bit peeved at missing chances, I tried to make amends and got the goal at the end.
“It has been a bit of a roller-coaster for me missing a lot of football. It’s the first time in my career I’ve missed so much football. My family and friends know what I’ve been through and to get that winning goal is a beautiful feeling,” he said.
Arsenal, however, still remain third on the table despite the win, as North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur also won 2-1 at Manchester City to stay second.
But that hasn’t stopped Walcott from eulogizing his teammate for coming straight from injury and making such a huge impact for the team.
“He (Welbeck) obviously hasn’t played for months and to get straight into the mix of it in such a big game, with the last kick of the game, it’s special players that come out in games like this,” Walcott said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also had some nice words for the returning striker, whom he only decided to include in the squad at the last minute.
“For him it was a fantastic day, at his age to be out for 10 months, I had a hesitation until the last second to put him in the squad yesterday and in the end I trusted the impression I got from his training sessions and thought ‘Okay, let’s put him in,’” Wenger said.