Arsenal's Danny Welbeck unlikely to be fit for FA Cup final

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Arsenal have been handed an injury blow after Arsene Wenger revealed Danny Welbeck is not expected to be fit for the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck's knee injury is likely to force him to miss Saturday's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa.

The England international has not featured for Arsenal since the 0-0 draw with Chelsea in April and is yet to return to training. This could also cast serious doubts about whether Welbeck will be involved in England's upcoming friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin and the Euro 2016 qualifier away to Slovenia.

Arsenal, however, ended the Premier League campaign with a comfortable 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, where Theo Walcott netted a hat-trick.

Wenger seems to have ruled out any possibility of Welbeck featuring in the FA Cup final.

"Welbeck will be short because he has not practised yet," Wenger told the Press Association via ITV.

The 24-year-old striker scored a winner against his former club Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, but is now likely to miss the all important final.

That aside, it has been yet another underwhelming season for Welbeck in front of goal. Similar to his situation at United, Wenger has pushed the striker out wide on numerous occasions in order to make good use of the player's pace and strength on the ball.

It's never ideal for a player to be deployed out of position but you cannot argue with Wenger if one of his strikers is not scoring frequently.

While it remains to be seen whether Olivier Giroud can score enough goals to guide Arsenal to a Premier League title, the Frenchman is undoubtably more prolific in front of goal.

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