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Danny Welbeck's performances encouraging Arsenal's Arsene Wenger

Danny Welbeck's performances after a lengthy injury spell has encouraged Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has admitted he prefers the England international up front.

Welbeck missed a great chance at 1-0 but is looking lively following his return from 10 months out with a knee injury and was chosen as Wenger's preferred option up front in their 2-2 draw at Spurs on Saturday.

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But the manager has been told that the England international still cannot play a full 90 minutes as he strives for match fitness.

"He has worked very hard," Wenger said of the former Manchester United man.

"I have seen every day the effort he has put in. Someone is telling me always 'in the Premier League he cannot play the whole game' but I have seen what he has done in training and I got a lot of encouragement from that.

"Even when I took him off you could still see that if needed he had a little burst to go. But from then on I thought maybe we do not want a setback for him.

Danny Welbeck provides speed and stature for Arsene Wenger up front.

"Medically they have questioned his knee is not true completely and so they are still a bit worried, but he looks perfect.

"I felt as well that he could give them problems with pace. I like him in there because he is a combination of pace and stature.

"He has a good mixture. So when Danny Welbeck is determined and really goes for it and he is ready for the fight, he has all the attributes to play up there."

Welbeck himself admits he is not as sharp as he was before the knee problem, which required surgery in September.

"Yes, it is difficult being out for so long and coming straight back into the team," he said.

"With the intensity at Spurs I found it quite difficult but I try and give my best every single game and see how it goes.

"It is going to take a while I think. I don't feel as sharp as I did before my operation and I don't know how long it will take but I'm getting fitter and stronger each week."

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