Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will be out of action for few months after having a knee surgery.

The England international joined the Gunners from Manchester United on deadline day in September 2014, has scored eight goals in his first 34 games for the North Londoners.

He sustained the injury to his left knee in Arsenal's 0-0 home draw with Chelsea in late April.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had hoped the 24-year-old would be available soon after the international break.

A statement from Arsenal’s website read: “Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery on his left knee after being unable to sufficiently step up his rehabilitation work.”

It concluded: “Danny is now expected to be out for a period of months and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well.”

Welbeck's injury leaves Arsenal with just Olivier Giroud, who is the only recognised striker at the Emirates, although the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez could be utilised in an advanced position.

Arsenal are currently sit in the sixth spot and ready to host Stoke City in the Premier League action on September 12.

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