Welbeck travels with squad for Europa League final

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Danny Welbeck, accompanied by his spiritual advisor, the Archbishop of Banterbury

Danny Welbeck is in the travelling squad for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku.

The striker was with the group that set off for Baku today, having not played a minute of competitive action since suffering a broken ankle in the group stage game against Sporting on November 8th.

It’s a boost for Unai Emery to have the experienced England international – more than likely from the bench – as another attacking option. Arsenal are of course without Henrikh Mkhitaryan who won’t be available due to the tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan ruled him out.

The head coach can choose 12 substitutes for the game, so there’s plenty of room for Welbeck, and exciting young talents Bukayo Saka and Xavier Amaechi have also made the trip.

The Gunners are heading out early to prepare with two days of training in Baku before the crunch showdown on Wednesday night.

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Russ
Russ

Good news! Shame he’s leaving us after though

Paul
Paul

Part of life

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Think how much Ozil, Sanchez (Mkhitaryan), Rambo and Welbeck has cost us due to our pathetic contract shenanigans.

150M would be a rough estimate.

How do people not lose their jobs for this nonsense?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Or two Virgil Van Dijk’s.

cagooner
cagooner

I think a certain AW is no longer with us, and perhaps this nonsense was a part contributor to that.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

If this is Wenger’s fault then it still means a lot of people at the club weren’t doing their job.

He was a football manager, not a contract negotiator.

facts
facts

at least from what i can glean from the vinai and raul videos, i got the impression that wenger was both

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

As I said, he shouldn’t have been. So that’s on the club.

yura910721
yura910721

Yeah they haven’t been doing much at all. Look at our finances, once we stopped selling our best players, our profit quickly turned into losses. As a business or as a commercial property, Arsenal at the moment is failing in a big way. Even when we were in UCL, we didn’t manage to improve brand. Ivan and Co are to blame for that.

Sue

Good… after that horrendous injury, be nice to see him play one last time & hopefully end on a high

Sue

Glad Saka made the trip, really like him!

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

Lost it at the caption

Anthony
Anthony

How about we set up like this:

Leno

Sokratis Koscielny Monreal

Maitland-Niles Kolasinac

Torreira Xhaka

Welbeck/Iwobi
Aubameyang
Lacazette

Sure, I know Welbeck hasn’t had any game time, but his work rate and ability to play out wide gives us some extra width, and he can more than fill in for the gap left by Mhiki as can Iwobi. Though if fit, personally think Welbeck is a better option due to his overall ability, experience and work rate.

Ozil for me doesn’t start, we need players who are going to track back and stop the likes of Hazard getting forward. I’ve packed the defence, allowing Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac to support the front three while using the experience of Sokratis, Koscielny and Monreal to cover the back line.

Leno starts for me. Cech has been great, but give the guys who are going to need to carry any momentum from this match into pre-season and the new season.

In Lacazette and Aubameyang we have strikers that have incredible work rate and work well for each other. Both have to start the game.

Futsboller
Futsboller

You’ve got to play Ozil if you are going to play two strikers, otherwise no one gets them the ball. His ability to hold the ball while we shift to attack is absolutely crucial, though surely he’s going to have Kante (if fit) or Jorginho in his face all game (Emery will likely instruct the front three to shift positions constantly). He can be benched if you prefer 4-3-3 to match up with Chelsea more directly (this is the only surprise Emery could realistically start the game with), but otherwise someone has to be out there to feed the forwards with something (otherwise it will be that frustrating game where we realize by the 35th minute that Auba and Laca are deep in our own end in order to get a touch).

Cech will start this game, and will put in a winning performance. There shouldn’t be any doubt about that.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Arsenal fans! Ozil may not perform well, not be there in big games, his big name and very big salary always prevail.

Pattygooner

That’s 12 mate

A Different George
A Different George

How about making Hazard track back? That stops him from going forward too.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

What is wrong with you, Anthony?

Ross
Ross

Does anyone know why it is 12 subs? I mean, 11 subs makes much more sense to me…..

Personally would be in favour of 11 subs being available full time in the prem as gives young players more opportunity to be around the team and get minutes if the circumstances allow. Would probably need some rules that make clubs use young players, say must have 5 subs under 21 or something to avoid clubs like city having 22 internationals in the squad.

Anthony
Anthony

I’m in favour of this idea. Unless they are sent put on loan, play in the league cup real exposure to competitive games is limited. Sure there the U21 games, but it’s not like playing in the pressure cooker of a proper league game.

Completely agree in applying a cap to it though. As you say, teams like City would abuse it and just pack it full of full-internationals.

Ben
Ben

Yes, definitely. I wonder how many times the manger looks at his bench and thinks “shit, i could really do with x right now”

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I think two subs for goalkeeping position and one each other position.

Goonerink

4 defenders 2 wb 2 cb
5 midfielders 2 wide 2 defensive
2 attackers
1 gk
1 utility player

deo
deo

Jenko really is living the dream, isn’t he? Subs bench in a European final.

bobbyp
bobbyp

” accompanied by his spiritual advisor, the Archbishop of Banterbury” That really made me laugh. You are a funny fucker Arseblog.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Welbeck is only in the team to be in the celebration if we win. He can’t play a competitive game without playing for youth team for a couple of weeks.

David C
David C

he scored a hat trick mid week in a closed door friendly. I’d take the risk with him especially if it goes to extra time. He can provide a bit of chaos in the final third and he’s quite good at heading.

I’m going to miss him, but I think we have to move on because he’s too injury prone sadly.

Hantal
Hantal

He’s been training and rumoured to have scored 2/4 in the Austrian friendly. He’s not likely to start but he’s an excellent option for half an hour at the end

Pete
Pete

Indeed, he scored a great curler (top right corner) with his left butt cheek and a cheeky chip over the keeper with his right knee.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Hey Blogsy, did Rambo travel?

sambo
sambo

Hung onto players for too long many times and now we let them go just a little too early lol. Weird world aye

Santori
Santori

Might come in very handy.

I don’t think missing Mhkitaryan is a loss.

But Welbeck as an alternative if we are chasing goal(s), is indeed useful.

RoyalT

Will leave his mark on the game as an legend in a goner kitchen just watch