Leno on Welbeck injury: Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno revealed how the squad lifted Danny Welbeck’s mood following a horrific injury.
Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhamton Wanderers on Sunday night. Even when Arsenal remain at 5th place with the draw, the gap with the top-4 has now increased to three points.
Unai Emery’s side made a strong recovery from a disappointing start to the season, which saw Arsenal losing both of their opening games to Manchester City and Chelsea.
Bernd Leno starred for Arsenal against Wolves as the goalkeeper made some terrific saves to deny Wolves three points. With the draw, Arsenal also extended their unbeaten run to 16 games across all competitions.
The goalkeeper talked about the game, and also reflected upon Danny Welbeck’s horrific injury earlier in the week.
Leno on Welbeck injury:
Danny Welbeck suffered an ankle injury during the game against Sporting Lisbon in Europa League on Thursday. Arsenal have confirmed that Welbeck has had two operations so far, and is ready to begin his rehabilitation.
The Arsenal squad, meanwhile, ensured that Welbeck’s spirits remain positive, as Leno revealed how they lifted the forward’s mood after the injury.
This Guendouzi reaction to Danny Welbecks injury made me so sad for Welbeck , Injuries are a big set back to any player especially when it means he has to stay out for a while.
Get Well Soon Danny Welbeck
— TheGenerous (@TheAmwai) November 8, 2018
The goalkeeper stated that the squad FaceTimed Danny Welbeck before the game against Wolves, during the team meeting.
“We had a FaceTime session with him,” Leno said. “It was very good; we wanted to win for him.”
“We all are sorry for him and hope he will have a good recovery and to see him on the pitch, because he’s an important player for the team and also in the dressing room.
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) November 8, 2018
“I think this meeting was very motivating for us and for every player to play for Danny, because everybody likes him.”
Lets take a moment and appreciate Bernd Leno for his performance today. He’s basically the reason we’re not taking the L today. At least psychologically, we can be happy we’re unbeaten in the last 10 PL games. His shot stopping and anticipation is different class.
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) November 11, 2018
Leno insisted that Danny Welbeck is an important part of the squad and the players will rally behind him as he recovers from the injury.
“He looked very happy and I think he was happy to talk to us because he is still a big part of our team and we will support him when he is injured.”
Arsenal will return to the Premier League on November 25 after the international break, as they take on Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. The clash would be followed by a trip to Ukraine as Arsenal meet Vorskla in the Europa League.