Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed striker Danny Welbeck is still experiencing problems in his recovery from his knee injury.
This is despite the striker being picked to start against Everton at the weekend, and scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win.
Welbeck returned from injury last month against Leicester City, scoring a vital winner which could still prove to be decisive in the title race come the end of the season.
Wenger told Arsenal.com he was pleased his gamble on Welbeck paid off at Goodison Park.
He said: "I had many hesitations to play him before the game because he is still not completely over his knee problem.
“We have to be cautious but I pushed it because I knew this was now or never."
Whether Wenger would have been so candid had something gone wrong is another matter, but on this occasion he got it right, and Welbeck deserves credit for his display.
Both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott were left on the bench, with Alex Iwobi netting the second goal of the game.
Welbeck has been called up on international duty with England, and Arsene Wenger will certainly be hoping that the striker's involvement next Saturday in the friendly with Germany is minimal.