When Arsene Wenger holds his press conference today the team news will be a hot topic. England winger Theo Walcott, who returned to training last week after nearly nine months on the sidelines, might feature in the match day squad against Sunderland.
Walcott played 45 minutes for the Under-21 team last Friday and the decision for the Arsenal manager is whether to give him further match time for the Under-21s against Stoke City on Saturday or have him on the bench against Sunderland. His pace, direct running and finishing ability have been sorely missed since he suffered a knee ligament injury in January and he has reportedly been progressing well in training this week.
Walcott himself is ready to play with the first team again, and having him on the bench will be a massive morale boost to the entire team. Also, as a late substitute his pace and creativity will make him fearsome on the field.
In other news, Danny Welbeck suffered a knock in the game against Anderlecht, but is fit to play tomorrow. However, Laurent Koscielny continues to be sidelined with tendonitis and thus we may see Monreal partnering Mertesacker in central defence yet again.