By Matt Farr

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck could be back in action before the new year – and Arsenal fans on Twitter are delighted with the news.

The Telegraph revealed that the England international is making excellent progress on his return from injury, and is already back in training.

Welbeck, 26, required knee surgery in May and was ruled out for nine months. But he appears to be ahead of his rehabilitation schedule and could be available for selection this month.

The news was very well received by Arsenal fans on Twitter, who are ready to welcome the player back with open arms.

They were, however, deeply disturbed by the news that midfield maestro Santi Cazorla needs surgery on his Achilles tendon injury, which will keep him out of action for a further three months.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Arsenal have eight games between now and January 3, and Arsene Wenger will need to rotate his players whenever possible.

Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are both out with injury – although the former could return to face West Ham – while Wenger will want to take extra care to avoid burning-out top goalscorer Alexis Sanchez.

Having Welbeck available again in December will be a major boost, as he can operate in both central and wide positions for the Gunners.

However, Wenger will by no means be looking to rush Welbeck back to action – even though he is ahead of schedule. The Gunners boss will not want to risk aggravating the injury and lose him for another lengthy period.

In other Arsenal news, ex-Gunner Martin Keown has given a damning verdict on Arsenal’s performance against Southampton on Wednesday night.