Danny Welbeck is back in first team training and targeting a return to first team action before the end of the year, according to The Telegraph.
The striker has been sidelined since May when he suffered significant cartilage damage in his right knee during the 2-2 draw with Manchester City and required surgery.
Welbeck’s current injury came just four months after his recovery from cruciate knee ligament damage in his left knee which had ruled him out for ten months until February.
Arsene Wenger isn’t likely to rush Welbeck’s return but will be happy to have the striker’s pace and power as another attacking option in the second half of the season. So far this term, Alexis Sanchez has led the line with Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez taking it in turns on the treatment table.
Elsewhere, Santi Cazorla’s Achilles problem is continuing to prove concerning with the boss admitting that he still has no return date in mind.
Rumours are circulating that the Spanish midfielder could require surgery on the problem although the boss maintains that the issue could resolve itself quickly.
“Cazorla, I don’t know, honestly. It’s just inflammation,” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said after Wednesday’s EFL Cup defeat to Southampton.
“It can go in two days, two weeks — I don’t know. He has no setback, the inflammation is just still here. At the moment, it’s stable.”