Danny Welbeck says he still does not feel sharp on the pitch after returning from a long-term injury absence last month.
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has admitted that he still does not feel anywhere near as sharp as he did before his injury, but promised Gunners fans that they would start to see more from him as the weeks pass, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
The former Manchester United man only returned last month after 10 months out with a serious knee injury, but made an instant impact by scoring a last-minute winner against Leicester City in his first game back in action.
He also netted in the 3-2 defeat against his former club just over a week ago, and was chosen ahead of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott by Arsene Wenger to lead the line in the 2-2 draw against arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The 25-year-old played a key role in the Gunners' opener at White Hart Lane before being substituted with five minutes remaining, but he insists that there is far more to come from him as he continues to reintegrate himself.
When asked if he felt sharp again, Welbeck said, as quoted by the Evening Standard: "No, 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.
"It is obviously difficult watching from the sidelines and being at home and not being able to play your part on the pitch.
"You try and do as much as you can off of it, work as hard as you can so once you do come back you are ready and you get your opportunity on the pitch and to play your part on for the team."
The win against Leicester last month was Welbeck's first game since last April as an excellent season for both club and country ended in frustrating fashion.
Before his injury, the striker had scored 14 goals in 41 appearances for Arsenal and England last campaign, and his two strikes in the six matches since his comeback this year have hinted that his ability has not been hampered by his spell on the sidelines.