Danny Welbeck has taken another step towards full fitness with his first competitive football in 286 days as he completed an hour for Arsenal’s under-21s against Brighton.
The England international hasn’t featured for the first team since the 0-0 draw with Chelsea in late April when he picked up a knee problem that eventually required surgery.
It’s believed Welbeck came through his run-out unscathed, leaving the pitch with the Gunners enjoying a 3-0 advantage.
Earlier in the day, Arsene Wenger had outlined when he envisages having the striker available for selection.
“He is playing today with the under-21s, for one half at least. I believe that he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team.
“We can organise games internally without being official games and I think in the next three weeks he should be available.
“He has not played for 10 months so we need to be patient with him. He has good basic fitness but after it is competitive decision-making and he needs to get used to that again.
“We are a bit relieved because with such an injury, you never know how a player will come back. But he looks promising in training.”