England manager Roy Hodgson sparked worries that the 24-year-old would be on the sidelines for the majority of the season when he mentioned that he had heard the player was out for six months. However, the Three Lions boss would appear to have the wrong information.
The former Manchester United man has been out since April with bone bruising, and had an operation last Tuesday to repair cartilage damage in his left knee. The Gunners still expect him to be ready to play by Christmas though, which will be a major boost for the team.
Manager Arsene Wenger failed to sign a forward in the transfer window, leaving the North Londoners currently relying on Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott. Neither of the duo have impressed as of yet, and it has shown with the side only scoring once without the help of own goals.