Welbeck targets new year return to Gunners squad
Danny Welbeck is targeting a return to action in the new year as his recovery from injury steps up.
The Arsenal and England forward has not featured this season having undergone knee surgery in September - just days after the transfer window closed. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had to defend himself against claims he knew the former Manchester United man needed an operation but still refused to sign a new striker - saying he had no idea that surgery was required.
Arsenal currently sit second in the Premier League having beaten United 3-0 before the international break - with Welbeck also missing England securing safe passage to next summer's European Championships.
But now the 24-year-old has revealed his leg brace has been removed and he wants to be back in contention in early 2016. "It's difficult to put an exact date on it, around the New Year," he said.
"After I had the operation, I was in a leg brace for about four weeks - which wasn't easy. I had to do a lot of machine work, about six hours a day.
"It's good to finally be out of the brace now and walking. It feels like I'm getting that little bit closer to getting back out on the pitch."