Danny Welbeck happy to wait for Premier League start at Arsenal
Last Updated: 27/09/18 9:50am
Danny Welbeck believes he is back up to speed at Arsenal after a truncated pre-season because of the World Cup.
The 27-year-old only played 11 minutes as England reached the semi-finals in Russia, but it prevented him hitting the ground running under new Gunners boss Unai Emery on his return to the club.
Welbeck scored twice in Arsenal's 3-1 Carabao Cup third-round win over Brentford on Wednesday night, with Emery suggesting afterwards he is doing plenty to improve his chances of earning a first Premier League start of the campaign.
"You have got to wait for your opportunity," he said when asked about not starting a league game so far this season.
"A few of the lads had a bit more of a pre-season than me which made it a bit difficult, I came back a bit later than the others.
"I got 90 minutes last week, 90 minutes today and I'm just going to build on it from there and keep improving."
Welbeck's first start of the season actually came on England duty, as he led the line for the 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland at the King Power Stadium earlier this month.
Gareth Southgate will name his squad for the Nations League double-header against Croatia and Spain in the coming weeks, but Welbeck is keen to focus on his own game, rather than whether he has played enough to make the squad.
"It is for Gareth to decide who he picks in the squad, not for me or you to say," he said.
"What I can do is just focus on me, not focus on anything else that is the most important thing."