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Welbeck relieved to avoid injury

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Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck spoke of his relieve to avoid another injury on Ostersunds artificial pitch after Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over the Swedish side

The England international, who since joining the club from Manchester United back in 2014, has had a torrid spell of injuries over the past few seasons and so took a more cautious approach during Arsenal’s first leg against Ostersund on their 4G plastic pitch.

“The pitch was a bit hard and we knew coming here that it was going to be a bit difficult,” Welbeck told BT Sport, according to Goal.

“Obviously with it being a 4G pitch and having had so many injuries in the past I made sure I did my rehab really well.

“You hear stories about the dangers of playing on 4G pitches after knee injuries but I did my warm-up and I was alright.”

Fellow forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were unavailable for the match. Lacazette has recently been ruled out with injury, while Aubameyang is cup-tied due to Dortmund’s presence in the tournament.