Welbeck targets January return

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has set his sights on a January return, having missed the entire season thus far through injury.

The former Manchester United man underwent knee surgery in September to rectify a persistent problem which has plagued him since the end of last season.

The Gunners have made a good start to the season and Welbeck admits it's hard to watch from the sidelines, but hopes to be back in action by the turn of the year.

"It's difficult to put an exact date on it, around the New Year," he told The National when quizzed about a possible return date.

"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.

"It's frustrating being on the sidelines and watching on – you feel kind of helpless. But you just have to keep motivated. The appetite's there, you just want to get back out on the pitch and show what you can do.

"Obviously there's some days when you just want to be back out there playing, but it's a process and something that I've learnt to deal with in time. But it's hard."