Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud is progressing well from injury and should be available for selection ahead of schedule.
The Frenchman suffered a broken foot in Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Everton earlier in the season and was rumoured to be unavailable till late into next year.
However, Wenger revealed that the surgery went off well and the player may come back sooner than expected to help Arsenal in their quest for title glory.
"Olivier Giroud is recovering very well. I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation. The operation went perfectly," he told beIN Sports.
This will come as a major relief for Arsenal fans, who have seen their players go down through the length of the season.
Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott are both close to regaining full match fitness after missing a major part of the year through injury.
However, the Gunners are still without Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and recently, Mesut Ozil, who has been ruled out for two months with a knee injury.
Wenger also dispelled fears about Danny Welbeck who was bought for a fee of £16m from Manchester United and believes that the duo can play together when fit.
The veteran cited examples of Welbeck's time at United when he played alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, a prime proponent of his versatility.
However, Welbeck, who has already scored four goals in six appearances for the club, will look to make the central position his own in the upcoming months and relegate Giroud to the bench as and when he is deemed fit.
"Welbeck and [Giroud] can play together in the centre or separately. Welbeck also played on one side to Manchester United. Welbeck played in the same team with [Wayne] Rooney and [Robin] van Persie. He can play down the sides," he concluded.