Theo Walcott looks set for an imminent return, with news from his camp suggesting recent rumours about a setback were nothing but nonsense.
The pacy forward has been key to our season so far, and has given us a different option up front. His injury was a real blow, especially given the timing of his absence and the other Arsenal players unavailable at the moment.
The rumours of a setback were circulating the internet, but Evening Standard correspondent James Olley claims Walcott is still on course for a return in the next few weeks.
Spoken to Theo Walcott’s camp this morning. Am told rumours of an injury setback are nonsense. Still planning for late Nov/early Dec return.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) November 16, 2015
Thankfully Olivier Giroud stepped up during Walcott’s spell on the sidelines, and he has been scoring with regularity both before and after the Englishman’s injury. We still need the 26-year-old back as soon as possible though, as we can’t rely solely on Giroud.
The French forward has been excellent, but there are times when we need pace up front rather than strength and power. Despite Giroud splitting opinion among Arsenal fans, both players have their merits and their uses.
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If Walcott remains on course for a return at the end of the month, then he is still likely to miss at least our next three games. Hopefully he’s back for Sunderland on the 5th of December, and has time to regain some fitness ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.