Bernd Leno has revealed that Arsenal’s first team squad called Danny Welbeck on FaceTime before their match with Wolves as they looked to cheer up the England international while he’s in hospital.
The striker underwent surgery on a broken ankle sustained in Thursday’s draw with Sporting Lisbon and is expected to be out for several months.
The Gunners had hoped to secure a win on Sunday for their injured team-mate but had to settle for a 1-1 draw following a disappointingly disjointed performance. Nevertheless, Leno believes there’s a strong togetherness in the dressing room which should serve them well as the season progresses.
“We talked to him before the game in the meeting, we had a FaceTime session with him,” said the German keeper.
“It was very good, we wanted to win for him. We all are sorry for him for his injury, 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.
“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 to have a good time when he is injured.
“I think that [togetherness] is a big quality of the manager because he always wants to have a team not just one player, one player, one player [individuals] and I think this meeting was very motivating for us and for every player to play for Danny because everybody likes him.”
Arsenal’s squad will now disperse for the Interlull before reconvening ahead of the game with Bournemouth on Sunday 25 November. As for Danny, the club is yet to put a timeline on his return, we can only wish him a speedy recovery.