By Matt Farr

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has returned to full training after a lengthy injury absence – and fans are thrilled.

The 26-year-old has been out of action since May, when he suffered a serious knee injury in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City, and the return was confirmed by Arsenal’s official Twitter account on Friday.

Welbeck was initially sidelined for a year, but the striker made excellent progress in his recovery and has returned to action after just seven months.

The England international has made just 49 appearances since joining from rivals Manchester United in 2014, scoring 13 goals, and fans are delighted to see him back in action.

Here are some of their messages on Twitter:

The news comes as a relief to Arsene Wenger, who has already lost a number of his first-team stars to injury, while Mohamed Elneny is set to miss up to a month in the new year for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Midfield maestro Santi Cazorla is already out for several more months, while Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss at least the club’s next game against West Brom on Boxing Day.

Aaron Ramsey also returned to training on Friday, and could be in line to appear against Tony Pulis’ side.

In other Arsenal news, fans were frustrated to hear that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had signed a new deal with rivals Tottenham.