The England international has been out injured since January after suffering ligament damage in a FA Cup clash with arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Wenger stated last week that the winger was taking part in light training, but confirmed in his pre match press conference ahead of the Champions League game against Galatasaray that the Englishman will return to full training next week.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
Walcott is joining in full training next week. It’s very good news. Serge Gnabry as well. Theo’s return is a big thing for us. Let’s not forget that he got injured on January 1 and we are now in October. That’s [nine] months and we had to wait for a long time.
The Englishman was superb last season in between his lengthy spells on the treatment table, but a cruciate injury ended his campaign far too early. However he showed flashes of brilliance and maturity during the time he was on the pitch; the speed merchant only featured in 13 Premier League matches for the Gunners, but scored five and assisted four times.
If he managed to stay fit for longer periods, the North London club may have managed to fight for the league title until the final day. In his absence, Arsenal still has a good enough squad to churn out results in England and Europe, but the forward’s inclusion is a massive boost for the team which should make goal scoring easier.
It’s a beauty to watch Arsenal with Walcott operating on the right side of attack, making the runs and dribbles that made him popular among the Gunners faithful. He has all the ingredients to inspire the Gunners to the League title and all he needs to do is add some consistency to his game.
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