By Matt Farr
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck made his long-awaited return to full training with the first-team on Friday.
The England international has been welcomed back with open arms after a seven-month absence, having suffered a serious knee injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on May 8.
The club’s official Twitter account revealed that Welbeck was back in full training with the club ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash with West Brom.
He has scored 19 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions since joining the north London club in 2014.
Welbeck has had a history of long-term injuries, having missed the first seven months of last season with a different knee injury.
BREAKING: Arséne Wenger confirms Welbeck is in full training today.
— Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) December 23, 2016
The news come as a major boost to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who now has another attacking option at his disposal ahead of a busy new year period that sees them battle on three different fronts.
The Gunners travel to Preston on January 7 for their FA Cup third round tie, sandwiched between five Premier League fixtures that month. They also face Bayern Munich in the Champions League in mid-February.
Wenger will not rush Welbeck back into the starting line-up, but he has a responsibility to keep his players fit in the coming months, and we could therefore see the former Manchester United man feature at some stage next month.
He is not though, going to be fit enough to play a major part when West Brom travel to the Emirates next week.
Arsenal’s official Twitter account also confirmed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey was also back in training.
The Wales international has been out with a hamstring injury, but unlike Welbeck could return to face West Brom.