Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted in his press conference ahead of the FA Cup game against Manchester United that Danny Welbeck remains an important player for the club.
Welbeck has found himself challenged and out of the team at the moment, with Olivier Giroud in good form as the Gunners’ main attacking threat.
However, Wenger has suggested that doesn’t mean he’s changed the way he views Welbeck in relation to his importance.
“He's very important and has played many, many games. His position is one of the three up front,” said Wenger.
“Danny Welbeck is an exceptional footballer who will have a great future here. I'm very, very happy I bought him.”
Welbeck could be a good option for the club in the FA Cup this weekend because of Arsenal’s opponents.
Welbeck played well in the Premier League game against Manchester United earlier this season and could be looking to prove a point at Old Trafford in front of Louis van Gaal.
There are no doubts over whether Arsenal are the right club for him, he just finds himself out of the team at the moment.
He offers things that Giroud can’t up front such as his electric pace, which is going to be important in games later in the season, where fatigue is starting to creep into the performances of some of Arsenal’s opponents.
There are going to be plenty of other spells where Welbeck is out of the side at Arsenal and the challenge is how he finds a way to force his position back in the team.