Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that striker Danny Welbeck has benefited from being left out of the side.
Welbeck, who spent much of the season on the side-lines, didn’t feature in Arsenal’s game against Sunderland but emerged off the bench to score the winner against Norwich City.
Wenger believes that the enforced rest helped Welbeck, with the attacker appearing especially determined to make an impact upon his return to the side.
Wenger told the club’s official website: “Welbeck came in and played very well [on his comeback], like the players who have been out for nine months always do.
“You have to trust me on that, I know that well – after they come in they are super sharp and then after, against Crystal Palace, he had a very average game and looked a bit for one or two games that he paid for the physical energy he had given.
“So you let them rest one or two games and you bring them back in. [Against Norwich], when he came on, you could see he is a different animal again.
Welbeck will be hoping to feature from the outset when Arsenal take on Manchester City away on Sunday in their next game and the stats indicate that he will make an impact.
A win in that fixture would provide Arsenal with a significant boost as far as their hopes of securing a top four finish are concerned, although the fact that the club missed out on winning the title once again means that this campaign will go down as a disappointment.