Arsenal have received an injury boost for the second half of the season as injured forward, Danny Welbeck, is set to be back after missing in action since the beginning of the season. After undergoing a knee injury, the England international is set to return to training by January and will most likely to available for squad selection by February. The 24 year-old is yet to make an appearance for the Gunners since undergoing a knee operation at the start of September.
In his absence, Wenger has had to rely on the services of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott as the main strikers, leaving the team short of striking options especially as Walcott also picked up an injury prior to the international break. Welbeck has been sidelined since April when he first picked up a knock on his injury and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the closing stages of the Premier League season.
The medical team had earlier hoped a long period of rest would help him recover and gain full fitness, but a decision to operate on the knee was finally carried out after that failed. The former Red Devils’ frontman has recently started to show quick improvement and has done well with his recovery and rehab processes, with a January training target already set and seems feasible.
His return to full fitness by January ending will come as great news to both Arsenal and England’s coaches who have bemoaned his absence. Welbeck arrived from the Old Trafford Summer of 2014 and scored 8 goals across all competitions in a debut season that was marred with injury. The 24 year-old is also on course to make a return to the Three Lions squad after having missed out of play since mid year. Welbeck has already established himself as an integral part of the England team and was part of the earlier qualifying stages of the Euros 2016 before getting injured.