Wel­beck still de­serves to have Arsenal’s sup­port

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football -

Ad­if­fi­cult time for Danny Wel­beck, whose re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from an an­kle in­jury on Thurs­day night is likely to last longer than his con­tract, which ex­pires at the end of this sea­son. As things stand he will be a free agent by the time he is fit to play again and that adds an­other layer of com­pli­ca­tions onto ne­go­ti­a­tions with a po­ten­tial new club.

For pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of pro­fes­sional foot­ballers, just a few missed pay­days from real hard­ship, th­ese mo­ments were cause for great anx­i­ety. The in­jury will be trau­matic for Wel­beck too although, one hopes, his fi­nan­cial con­cerns will be less press­ing.

But Arsene Wenger was right on this mat­ter, and the prin­ci­ple stands. A player in­jured in ser­vice of his club should be sup­ported by the club un­til he is fit to earn a wage again. Arsenal will just have to find a way of do­ing it.

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