The England international suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury while playing against Tottenham in the FA Cup in January and even missed England’s World Cup campaign this summer.
The 25 year old says that he’s now well on the road to recovery and is hoping to be back playing again by the end of the month.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
We’re not setting specific comeback matches, but I’m just pleased it’s hopefully now only a matter of weeks before I’ll be back playing.
There may be one or two under-21s matches I’ll be involved in first. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing again.
Everyone has been so good with me – the Arsenal medical team, the Arsenal fans, and of course my family. Everyone has worked so hard and have been so supportive towards me. And now I’m coming to the end of my rehab, I just can’t thank everyone enough.
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I knew how long the rehab would be, it was always going to be around nine months. But I approached it that I had to enjoy it, and that’s what I have done, it’s given me the opportunity to work on my legs and build up the muscle strength. If anything, I hope to come back stronger and quicker.
Walcott was superb last season in between his lengthy spells on the treatment table, but a cruciate injury ended his campaign far too early. However he showed flashes of brilliance and maturity during the time he was on the pitch, as the speed merchant only featured in 13 Premier League matches for the Gunners, but scored five and assisted four times.
He looked sharp and had Walcott managed to stay fit for longer periods, the North London club may have managed to fight for the league title until the final day.
There have been a lot of changes to the squad since Walcott last played. They have signed up two true speedsters in the form of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez and if Wenger can pack all three of them into his starting line-up, then they should be able to out-pace any opposition with ease, which is a far cry away from where they were last season.
It will be up to Walcott to lead the pack, all he needs to do is add consistency to his game upon his recovery then he will provide another exciting option in our attack.
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