Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he cannot wait to see Danny Welbeck play on a regular basis as his side tries to challenge for the Premier League title.
The Gunners, 11.00 to win the title, have been without Welbeck since April 2016 when he got injured against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Welbeck has been plagued by fitness problems since his move to the Emirates with two serious knee injuries derailing his progress under Wenger.
The 26-year-old returned from a second serious knee injury in the FA Cup win over Preston North End earlier this month and he could be set for a key role in the coming months.
With Olivier Giroud taking the pressure off Alexis Sanchez in recent weeks, Wenger believes Welbeck can come in and add further power to the Arsenal attack.
“He has pace, good technique and is committed, he wants to help the team,” he said.
“He is a good finisher as well and that was a bit before he got injured you could see that was coming out because when he played at Man United he didn’t score enough goals.
“Suddenly it was coming and so he has been stopped just at the wrong moment. First of all I touch wood and hope. He is not completely out of it.
“We still rest him after two days, one day, because of bone inflammation. That takes a huge time to get completely rid of and you have to be careful not to have a setback.”