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Watford sign free agent Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck was released by Arsenal at the end of the 2018/19 Premier League season Credit: PA

Watford have announced the signing of striker Danny Welbeck.

The striker has been without a club following his release from Arsenal at the end of last season, but has now signed at Vicarage Road.

The 28-year-old, who has won 42 caps for England, has seen his career ravaged by injury, but he is fit again after breaking his ankle playing for the Gunners before Christmas.

That injury was picked up against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League and turned out to be the last of his 126 appearances in an Arsenal shirt.

Welbeck, who left Manchester United to join Arsenal in 2014, will challenge Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray for a place in Javi Gracia's side.

Arsenal's Welbeck: 'I'll be back stronger than ever'

Welbeck suffered a broken ankle in Arsenal's Europa League match with Sporting Lisbon. Credit: PA

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has vowed to return "stronger than ever before" following two operations to repair his broken ankle.

Welbeck, 27, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering what the club described as a "significant" injury in last week's goalless Europa League draw against Sporting Lisbon.

On Tuesday evening, the striker posted a picture of himself on Twitter, giving the thumbs up while standing with crutches.

He wrote: "Back home... Thanks for all the love and support. No doubt I will be back stronger than ever before. Recovery grind starts now"

In an update from the club on Monday, no timeframe had been set for Welbeck's recovery, but Arsenal said the procedures "went well, without complications"

Head coach Unai Emery had arranged for Welbeck to share a FaceTime call with his team-mates in the Emirates Stadium dressing room as they prepared for Sunday's Premier League match against Wolves, which ended 1-1.

Despite the loss of Welbeck, for what could run into several months, Emery suggested the Gunners would not look to sign reinforcements to their frontline when the transfer window opens again in January.

The injury will also see Welbeck drop out of the international picture, having been initially named in the England squad for the upcoming matches against the United States of America and Croatia.


Arsenal's Welbeck undergoes successful ankle surgery

Welbeck suffered a broken ankle in Arsenal's Europa League match with Sporting Lisbon. Credit: PA

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has had two successful operations to repair his broken ankle, the Premier League club have announced.

Welbeck, 27, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering what the club described as a "significant" injury in last week's goalless Europa League draw against Sporting Lisbon.

"Further to sustaining an injury last Thursday against Sporting CP, Danny has undergone a second planned operation on his right ankle," Arsenal said in a statement on their official website.

"Both procedures went well, without complications. Danny will now recuperate and start his rehabilitation. It's too early to say how long this will take.

"Everyone at the club will now be providing Danny with the best possible treatment and support in order to make him fit again as soon as possible."

Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno revealed Welbeck shared a FaceTime call with his team-mates before Sunday's draw with Wolves.

Head coach Unai Emery arranged for Welbeck to speak to the players as they prepared for the Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Welbeck, McCarthy and Rose sit out England training

The England trio sat out of training ahead of the clash with Croatia as a precaution. Credit: PA

Danny Welbeck, Alex McCarthy and Danny Rose sat out England training on Tuesday morning as a precaution.

The trio did not take part in the session at St George's Park, with Gareth Southgate preparing his squad for the forthcoming Nations League double-header against Croatia and Spain.

Newcomers Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho, Lewis Dunk and James Maddison were all involved with Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley back in the ranks for the first time since March 2017.

Southgate's side face Croatia in Rijeka on Friday as they look to exact some revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat during the summer, with the Nations League clash at Stadion HNK to be played behind closed doors before a trip to face Spain in Seville on Monday evening.

Defenders Luke Shaw and James Tarkowski have already withdrawn from the squad through injury and have been replaced by Dunk and Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell.


Welbeck avoids retrospective action over alleged dive

Welbeck was involved in a challenge with AC Milan's Rodriguez Credit: PA

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will not face any retrospective action over his alleged dive against AC Milan, Press Association Sport understands.

Welbeck won and converted a dubious penalty in the first half of last Thursday's 3-1 Europa League win that secured Arsenal's place in the quarter-finals.

But UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body is satisfied that no further action is required.

UEFA does not have an equivalent rule to the Premier League's regulations on simulation, although its disciplinary body is able to review any incident from a match.

Welbeck's half-time withdrawal was planned - Wenger

Welbeck has struggled with injuries this season. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger insists Danny Welbeck did not suffer a recurrence of his recent injury despite coming off at half-time as Arsenal lost to Cologne.

The Gunners, showing 11 changes from Saturday's north London derby success over Tottenham, were beaten 1-0 in a poor contest at the RheinEnergieStadion.

A controversial second-half penalty settled the tie as Mathieu Debuchy was adjudged to have fouled Sehrou Guirassy in the area when there was minimal contact.

Wenger's side still progress as Group H winners despite the defeat and there was more good news for Arsenal fans as the Frenchman revealed the plan was always to withdraw Welbeck, playing his first game in a month following a groin injury, at the interval.

"It was planned before the game that he would only play 45 minutes," he said.

"He has only just come back from injury, and we have three more games on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday again.

"Medically, the risk was a bit too high to play him for longer because he has been out for a while. He has no problem.

"Of course, he was ready to stay on and frustrated to come off, but he's in good shape."

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