Welbeck will be back around Christmas – Wenger

Date published: Friday 19th August 2016 8:59

Danny Welbeck Arsenal

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will return to action sooner than expected, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Welbeck injured his right knee in the Gunners 2-2 draw with Manchester City in May and was ruled out for nine months, including England’s Euro 2016 campaign.

Wenger has experienced some bad luck already this summer, with both Per Mertesacker and Gabriel picking up injuries in pre-season, but he had some good news about Welbeck.

“If the healing was not good, he would have been out until April. The news was excellent and he will be back around Christmas,” said the Frenchman.

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

Following the injuries to both his centre-backs, Wenger has made a new defender their main target for the remainder of the transfer window and would welcome an experienced player if he is good enough.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for 32-year-old Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte along with fellow Premier League title rivals Manchester United.

“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.”

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