Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that winger Theo Walcott needs more time to re-discover his top form following his lengthy injury lay-off.
The forward spent more than nine months on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury back in January but is expected to start his first game this season at Swansea City on Sunday.
The French manager was pleased to have the former Southampton youngster back, but insists the winger is still some way from being back to his peak.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
In our job, every time you have a big injury, there is a bigger chance of having another. Overall he has been taken care of very well.
He is now ready to play again and we just have to leave him in peace and give him the time needed to come back.
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He has been out for 10 months – I don’t know if you realise how long that is. People think it’s like mechanics.
[Players are] not machines, they are human beings and to get back into the rhythm of the top, top competition will take time.
Walcott has been absent for around nine months, and made his return off the bench last weekend. He is fit enough to start against Swansea City. He hasn’t been rushed back and now it’s time to unleash him, as a forward midfield trio of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Walcott will cause plenty of problems for Swansea’s back-line.
The match will be crucial for the Gunners, as they are in desperate need of a win and can’t afford to drop any more points if they are to keep in touching distance of Chelsea.
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