It is safe to say that Arsenal haven't enjoyed the best of times recently.
After months of seemingly being rejected at every turn in the transfer market, the Gunners then suffered an eye-opening 3-4 defeat at home to Liverpool to begin their 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
And, to add injury to insult, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi have since both been ruled out for a month following the season opener. Finally, though, there is some positive news at the Emirates today after the last update on long-time absentee Danny Welbeck.
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After rupturing his knee cartilage, and subsequently undergoing surgery, back in May, the oft-injured England striker had been expected to be out for upwards of nine months.
However, according to Arsene Wenger himself, a recent assessment of the 25-year-old's recovery has led to a far more optimistic timeline for his return.
"He has an inflammation of his knee and they had to go in again to see if it is healing well,” said Wenger, via The Telegraph. “If the healing was not good, he would have been out until April.
"The news was excellent and he will be back around Christmas. That was the only good news of last week.”
Although, obviously, still several months away from first team football, Wenger's Welbeck update remains a significant boost for a club desperate for any good news right now.
Indeed, with the Frenchman admitting there were fears the striker would be out until April, a return by Christmas is effectively a four month swing in Arsenal's favour.
The news may not go now particularly well with those Gunners fans hopeful of seeing Wenger dip into the transfer market before the window closes at the end of this month, however.
There is already speculation that, with Welbeck in line for a quicker return than expected, Arsenal may be content to sit tight and rely on Olivier Giroud and an out of position Alexis Sanchez until the former Manchester United man is fit.
Nevertheless, with Welbeck having impressed when he has been on the field so far in his tumultuous Arsenal career, his return to the fold by Christmas is undoubtedly a boost.
As England learned to their cost over the summer, his tireless work ethic and eye for goal often goes under the radar, but can be a very useful addition to any team.
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