Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his delight after Theo Walcott made his first appearance since January during their 3-0 win over Burnley.
The England international had been out of action after damaging his knee ligaments in the FA Cup win over Tottenham last season and having to undergo surgery.
The 25 year old was an 80th-minute substitute at Emirates and Wenger was happy to see his star winger back on the field.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
It’s good I could give him 12 or 13 minutes today when the game was nearly won.
It’s good that his decision making and movement are good – he just needs to get used to competition.
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Of course. For him it must be great as well to see that everybody wants him to come on.
Lukas Podolski also could have scored two and he came on very well when you think that we have not got a number of offensive players like Ozil, Wilshere and Giroud. There’s a lot of competition in the forward positions.
The Englishman returned to the pitch for the first time in ten months with a cameo appearance on 80 minutes against Burnley. He really did play superbly for the ten minutes that he was on the pitch and meshed with the attack well. He had a bullet of a shot on target and showed the clever dribbling we’ve been missing.
It is likely that he will start one more match from the bench before returning to the starting line-up after the international break. His return hints at some bright weeks to come for the team in the lead-up to Christmas, such is the impact the forward can have on this side.
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