Arsenal’s official social media handle has confirmed that striker Danny Welbeck has returned to full training for the first time since sustaining a serious knee injury in May.
The Englishman had a surgery after damaging cartilage in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City and was initially ruled out for nine months.
The 26-year-old who has not played a minute of football this season, recovered well almost 4 months ahead of schedule and started light training last week. However, the striker took part in a full training session with the rest of the squad at London Colney on Wednesday.
The North London club would have to pull off quite the coup to land a more useful January addition than Welbeck. It may take him some time to reach full throttle after spending almost 2 years on the injury table.
It is tempting to believe that he can come back and make an immediate impact, after he did precisely that last season against Leicester. The Gunners are admittedly well-stocked for options at centre-forward with Alexis, Giroud and Perez.
However, Welbeck possesses an intriguing combination of some of trio’s best attributes. He has the pace and movement of Alexis allied with some of Giroud’s power. He marries all that with impressive technical ability arguably the one thing he lacks is predatory goal-scoring instinct.
Danny Welbeck could provide Arsene Wenger with a good alternative to deploying Alexis Sanchez through the middle. Welbeck can be very effective on the left.
Here are the posts from Arsenal’s official Twitter handle:
Here are some of the reactions from Arsenal fan’s on social media:
Hopefully it’s close to 100%
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) December 28, 2016
Welbeck walks into the first team, only Sanchez plays better on the left and now he's a striker, Welbeck can make that position his own.
— James (@james17199) December 29, 2016
He will be!
Danny welbeck is back, so who's getting injured? @Arsenal according to the law we mustn't have a full team..
— ABACUS (@kelvinbraide) December 28, 2016
Hopefully it will be for Arsenal too
I cannot wait to see Welbeck back in the Arsenal first team. Much needed right now! Still remember that last minute goal against Leicester.
— Lucy ☄ (@LuViiC93) December 28, 2016
I really want welbeck to get a whole season under his belt whenever he's played for us he's been really good, bloke deserves some good luck
— Mr Murphy (@Murphy1Sam) December 28, 2016
Welbeck steps up comeback.
Fantastic to see him back training. https://t.co/TsGNSVB7SG
— Festac Bar (@FestacBar) December 28, 2016