Arsenal have been handed a boost by the news that Theo Walcott is very close to full fitness and has set the North London Derby against Spurs as his targeted return on the 27th September.
The Daily Mirror reports that Walcott’s rehabilitation has gone well, and that he is set to make a comeback to action before the end of the month.
The 25-year-old suffered a serious knee injury playing against Spurs in the FA Cup in January, which ruled him out of the remainder of the season and the World Cup.
Arsenal will face a crucial three match programme starting with the clash against Spurs on 27th September, as they host Galatasaray in the Champions League on the 1st October, before facing Chelsea the following Sunday.
The return of Walcott will add an injection of pace into the team, and Arsenal fans will be hoping that the forward can return to the form that he enjoyed before his injury setback.
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Walcott has scored 69 goals in 185 starts and 96 substitute appearances since joining from Southampton in 2006 at the age of just 16.
How important is Theo?
Injuries were one of the main reasons that Arsenal’s title bid faded last year, with the long-term absences of Ramsey and Walcott hitting Arsenal hard.
Walcott’s pace adds another dimension to the Arsenal team, and along with new signing Alexis Sanchez they could terrorise defences.
The England man is also capable of playing up front, and will add competition for Danny Welbeck and Yaya Sanogo after Oliver Giroud was ruled out for four months after undergoing surgery for a fractured tibia.
I fully believe that if Walcott can properly recover for his injury then he can become a key component of the Arsenal team this season.
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