Arsene Wenger has expressed his delight over finally being able to call upon someone other than Alexis Sanchez or Olivier Giroud to play upfront this season. 

The duo have been Arsenal’s main choices for the centre-forward role this campaign, as Sanchez leads the way as top scorer with 14 goals in the league.

Following the return of Danny Welbeck, who spent almost a year on the sidelines, the Gunners will head into next month’s Champions League trip to Bayern Munich with a deeper squad.

With a new option in attack now available for the second half of the season, Wenger insists the England international is the sort of player to make an impact straight away despite being fresh from an injury lay-off.

“Some players have big injuries and you observe them in the first three months and you think, ‘my friend, you will struggle’ because they have a handbrake,” the Arsenal manager said

“But some players come back like they have never been injured and he is one of them.

“He is a young, promising striker – he has a fantastic spirit and people sense that. He is genuine, committed and humble and you do not find that too many times together.

“He has pace, good technique and is committed – he wants to help the team. He is a good finisher as well and before he got injured you could see that was coming out.

“Suddenly it was coming and so he was stopped just at the wrong moment.”

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