Welbeck targets January return

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is hoping to make his long-awaited return to action from a serious knee injury early in the new year.

Welbeck has been out of commission since April after undergoing surgery on his knee the versatile forward admitted the rehabilitation period has been frustrating.

"It's a pretty serious injury and it's difficult to go through those tough periods but it's part and parcel of football," he told Sky Sports.

"I think it has been frustrating, before I had the surgery I was trying to get back fit, but I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

"I've said the new year, January or February, but there's no exact date yet, I've just got to make sure I'm 100% when I come back. Obviously I don't want to come back too soon, and make the injury worse.

"I can't look too far ahead, I think the most important thing to me is to get back and show what I can do for Arsenal."