We’ve got some good news on the injury front for once, with Theo Walcott looking close to a return from injury, as reported by talkSPORT.
Arsene Wenger suggests there are still a few steps the pacy Englishman needs to take before a full return, but was extremely positive about his recovery. He highlighted the fact that Walcott had begun running again in training, and stressed that there were no negative reactions from the player.
“Walcott goes through a few tests and steps but the first one was successful,” Wenger said.
“He started running again on Tuesday morning and had no reaction. He has no big hurdle to get across today and hopefully he will be successful.”
Although he’s still likely to be a few games away, it’s great news that Walcott is on his way back. We looked a far better side when we had he and Olivier Giroud competing for a starting spot, with both players motivating each other to do better.
The French forward put in a number of fantastic appearances from the bench, which arguably would have seen him wrestle his starting spot back off Walcott even without the injury. He’s tailed off again in recent weeks though, and despite scoring a few goals, he hasn’t been at his sharpest.
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Walcott has been proving since his return from injury last season that he has what it takes to play up front, something many felt was never going to happen. And he’s not only improved his finishing, but also his hold up, link up, and forward runs as well.
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Having the pacy option of Walcott or the battering ram like strength and heading ability of Giroud is vital, as it’s not a case of one key for every lock. Certain defences need different approaches to break down, and having two very different striking alternatives can only benefit us.