Arsene Wenger says that seeing how a player copes with an extended injury absence can tell you a lot about his character.
In fairness, the Arsenal manager would know as down the years his players have missed a combined total of 6 trillion years to aches, strains, pulls, tears, breaks, whacks, smacks, tweaks, and brewer’s droop.
Danny Welbeck is the latest to return from a considerable time out of the game, and Wenger believes he’s returning a stronger player and person.
“It’s always a good observation of character and the resilience of a person when they are injured for such a long time,” said the Frenchman.
“You look at how he resists the stress of not being able to play, how much he can respond with the effort he puts into his rehab, and how focused he can be every day when he goes step by step slowly.
“I think he has become a stronger man with what happened to him
. He is already experienced, physically he is back to his best, so I believe the best is still to come for him.”
Welbeck is in line for his first start since April 18th, when Arsenal face Hull tomorrow in the FA Cup. That came against Reading at the semi-final stage of last season’s competition.
“I might start Welbeck, I haven’t decided yet completely,” said Wenger, “but it crosses my mind to start him tomorrow, yes.”