Arsenal's Welbeck ruled out for nine months after surgery
Arsenal's Welbeck ruled out for nine months after surgery

Arsenal were hampered by injuries over the past few months as defensive leader Per Mertesacker has been ruled out for the rest of the year, Gabriel suffering another major injury and also have Aaron Ramsey out with injury for the next three weeks.

However, the Gunners have got real positive news as injured striker Danny Welbeck could make a come back to the squad as early as Christmas.

The 25-year old has damaged his cartilage in the penultimate game against Manchester City last season and initial reports suggested that he could be out until February next year. However, Arsene Wenger had confirmed that he could be available on Christmas day this year.

“He has an inflammation of his knee and they had to go in again to see if it is healing well or not,” Wenger said. “If the healing was not good, he would have been out until April, but the news was excellent and he will be back around Christmas.

“He had a second check with a camera inside. That was the good news of last week, the only good news. That was very positive.”

With the defensive duo Mertesacker and Gabriel suffering from injuries, the Gunners are in need of an experienced centre back to lead the defense. Laurent Koscielny is currently on a break after his Euro campaign, but Wenger might risk the French centre-back to cover for the injuries.

The Gunners boss have ensured that the club will sign a centre-back before the end of the current transfer window as they are ready to buy a centre-half of any age. Long standing target Mustafi deal is yet to be finalized as Gunners are in search for a defender this summer.

“If Mertesacker and Gabriel had not been injured in pre-season, we would have been less under pressure to sign a defender, but once you are under pressure, everybody knows you are so it makes you weaker,” he said.

“We have been on 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.

“We have no limit in age. If it is a guy of 32 and we think he has the quality then we will do it. Do I think we will sign a defender? Yes.”