After months of being out due to injury, Danny Welbeck played in a competitive football match today for the Arsenal U21s. Wooooo!!!!!!!
He featured for 60 minutes and, well, we don't really know much more than that because The Dot Com does not provide copious updates on youth matches. The young Gunners dominated Brighton & Hove Albion U21, winning 4-1. Reiss Nelson, a 16 year old prospect, opened the scoring quickly for the Gunners. He also was key in Arsenal U21s putting the match to bed early with assists on a corner for Krystian Bielik's goal and on a cross for Stephy Mavididi's strike to put Arsenal U21s up 3-0 within 17 minutes. Capital One Cup debutante Ismael Bennacer scored from a free kick in the second half to make it 4-0 before Marcus McGuane, who recently signed a professional deal with the club, conceded a penalty to make it 4-1.
The victory vaulted Arsenal U21s to the top of the U21 Premier League Division 2 table by a point with a game in hand against second place Derby County U21s.
As for Welbeck, the Boss Man says it will be three weeks or so before the forward will be ready to compete in a first-team match. There are three more U21 matches in the month of February and, barring another first-team injury crisis, Welbeck will likely play in each of those before returning to the first-team squad.