Danny Welbeck has admitted he lost his head a few times during ten months on the sidelines with a knee injury.
The Arsenal forward scored the winner against Leicester when he came off the bench for his first senior appearance since April.
Welbeck’s delight was evident as he celebrated with teammates and the Gunners fans at a relieved Emirates.
“It’s been a long time off the pitch, the longest period of time that I’ve spent off playing matches in my career,” he told Arsenal Player. “It’s difficult, and with a few headlosses along the way.
“I think you’ve just got to try to stay positive. I had a lot of great help behind the scenes with the medical staff and with James Haycock, who worked with me personally and was great. I think hard work eventually pays off.
“It was a wonderful feeling to get that winning goal at the end. It was just very important for us to get the three points.
“With the type of game it was, it was close right until the end and thankfully we got the goal.
“As soon as I saw Mesut line it up, I just tried to get myself into a nice position, in behind the line of defence. Thankfully it came in my direction and I got the right glance on it.
“I don’t even know what I was doing [afterwards], the facials were going crazy! I’ve seen a couple [of pictures] and it was just euphoria after and I jumped in the crowd.”