Speaking to the club’s official website, the German revealed that he felt that by working together through their months on the sideline, the “pain” of not playing would be easier to handle for both of them:
“Obviously when you’re injured at the same time, you share the pain. We’ve got a saying which says, ‘If you share the pain, it’s half the pain’, so we kept smiling, training and doing things together.”
Mertesacker injured his knee in a pre-season friendly against Lens back in July while Welbeck suffered a similar injury, but had to have surgery when he was taken off against Manchester City in the 2-2 draw back in May.
While Mertsacker has been on the bench for two FA Cup matches, he still hasn’t featured for the Gunners so far this season. Welbeck however has made six appearances with one start against Southampton in the FA Cup where he managed to score two goals and provide one assist in a 5-0 victory.