'Welbeck is fit and he looks sharp'

After seven months out with a knee injury, you would expect Danny Welbeck to take some time to get back to anywhere near his best - but Arsene Wenger says he already looks "sharp".

Welbeck has not played since May 7, but since returning to full training this week he has already impressed the Arsenal manager with his performances at London Colney.

"He's fit, he's sharp," Wenger said. "Will I involve him in the short-term or not, or will I play him first in a game with the under-23s? I have not decided yet, but in training he looks quite good."


Wenger also provided updates on Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Gibbs, who came off during the Boxing Day victory against West Brom, ahead of Sunday's game against Crystal Palace.

"I don't think that Kieran will be available," the manager said. "He had a knee problem, a kick. He bumped into the knee of his opponent and he has an inflammation. I think it's a question of days.

“Will he be available for Bournemouth or not? He looks short, but after, for Preston, he should be available.

“Apart from that, Mustafi is fit again and we have one or two uncertainties. We have a few with flu, but everybody else should be available, and of course the long term injuries are not back, but everybody else should be available.”


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