Alex Oxlade Chamberlain says he’s delighted to see Theo Walcott back in action after an injury enforced absence that kept the winger out for nearly a year. Walcott played for the first time in 10 months on Saturday when he came on as a substitute for the Ox in the 80th minte.
Walcott came on against Burnley for the last 10 minutes when Arsenal were leading Burnley by 2-0. The Englishman looked sharp for a player who has just returned from a serious injury and got himself into the thick of action. The former Southampton man delivered in some decent crosses and even had a shot on target that the goalkeeper did well to save.
The Ox also spoke about the impact Walcott had on his career and believes the team is in great shape ahead of the busy festive period. Arsenal have 12 fixtures in league and Europe sandwiched between now and Jan1.
I’m absolutely over the moon to see him back. He’s been a massive part of my career since I’ve been at Arsenal and a big inspiration for me as my mentor, so to see him injured for as long as he was upsetting and disappointing. What was better than that, though, was that I saw how professional he was throughout and how positive he stayed, so there’s nobody that deserves success more than he does.
I’m really happy to see him back and he deserves every success in the rest of the season. I’m sure he’s going to help us.
We’re coming towards a busy Christmas and New Year schedule where anything can happen. We’ve got a lot of games coming up and we’ve built up a nice bit of momentum with a few good results, so we need to keep building on that.
Finally Theo returns after quite some time. He definitely brings something that others don’t and that makes him indispensable. A fit Theo Walcott will always be one of the first names in my team sheet. He is a genuine goal threat and given our over reliance on Sanchez in recent games, the return of Walcott is a big boost. Welcome back Theo.