Wenger eyes December return for Welbeck

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that striker Danny Welbeck is likely to return from injury in the busy period of December.

The 25-year-old has endured an injury-plagued career since he joined the Gunners and has been sidelined since undergoing surgery in May after he injured his right knee in the match against Manchester City.

The injury ended his Euro 2016 hopes, but Wenger is optimistic that the forward will return to action in time to help the club push for the premier league title this season.

“If the healing was not good, he would have been out until April. The news was excellent and he will be back around Christmas,” Wenger said ahead of Saturday’s clash against reigning Premier League champions Leicester City.

“That was the good news of last week, the only good news. That was very positive.”

Wenger admitted that he is still in the market for a new center-back with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel still out injured.

“If it is a guy of 32 and we think he has the quality then we will do it,” Wenger added.

“We have been in the market a long time but if you look around in Europe, all my friends I call are all looking for centre-backs but they cannot find them.”

Welbeck moved to the Emirates at the start of the 2015/16 season from Manchester United after he was deemed surplus to requirement by former manager Louis van Gaal.