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Published: 14:55 | 12/5/16

Wenger devastated for Welbeck

Arsene Wenger has spoken of his devastation at Danny Welbeck's latest injury setback.

Welbeck suffered significant cartilage damage during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City and underwent surgery earlier this week.

His recovery is expected to take up to nine months which will rule him out of Euro 2016 and the first half of next season.

“We’re all devastated, and Danny even more so. We can only feel sad and support Danny now in order to get him back,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

Welbeck was injured when he collided with Bacary Sagna during the first half of the game at the Etihad Stadium and Wenger admits the severity of the problem came as a surprise.

"It was basically from an anonymous tackle. The difference between the tackle and the severity of the injury is baffling. We don’t understand that but we have to accept the verdict and we have to live with it," he said.

"Danny has to deal with it unfortunately. We just have to give him the maximum support we can and show him that we trust he can come back."

Welbeck missed the first half of the season as he recovered from the knee injury he suffered last May, but underlined his value to the team with five goals since his return in February.

"He scored goals and when he came on he had an impact. I pushed him in and out of the team because I knew he’d been out for a year. Sometimes for the big games I kept him out to recover from the efforts he has made," the manager explained.

"Sometimes people accused me of being too cautious but I knew that he did not play for a year and the intensity of the Premier League is so exceptional that you have to be cautious. The injury was accidental. I don’t think there’s anyone to blame, not our opponents or medical staff. It was completely an accident.”

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