Arsenal are confident Danny Welbeck will return to training in January and could be back in action by February after knee surgery, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Welbeck has not featured for Arsenal this season after undergoing a knee operation at the start of September.
The former Manchester United man has not played since the end of April after first picking up the injury.
Arsenal had initally hoped that a period of rest would cure the problem before finally deciding to send the striker under the knife.
The 24-year-old is making good progress with his rehab and has set his sights on returning to training in the New Year.
If all goes to plan and Welbeck returns to training in January Arsenal hope to have him available for selection by February.
Welbeck's return would come as a welcome boost to both Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and England coach Roy Hodgson.
Wenger has been forced to rely on Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud for his central striking role this season and Welbeck's return would boost his forward options.
Welbeck could also expect to be part of Hodgson’s England squad for France 2016 having established himself as a key member of the side in the early games of qualifying before his injury.
Welbeck, who joined Arsenal in the summer of 2014 from Manchester United, scored eight goals in his debut season at the Emirates.