Walcott returns to Arsenal squad to play Southampton

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be able to call on the services of forward Theo Walcott in the top of the Premier League table clash with Southampton, Sky Sports has reported.

Wenger confirmed Walcott’s availability after the England international missed the last two months following an abdominal problem that required surgery. “Theo will be back for Saturday in the squad,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.

He’s completely fit again,” Wenger added. “He has not played for a long time, of course, he has not played even a reserve team game, but I will put him in the squad on Saturday.

Walcott’s last appearance came in the Champions League against Marseille in September, when he opened the scoring in 2-1 win in the south of France. Aaron Ramsey scored the Gunners’ other goal before a late consolation for the home side from Jordan Ayew.

Wenger went on: “Of course you miss a player like Theo Walcott. Strikers who get behind the defenders have a very important quality and Theo [Walcott] has that quality.

Theo had a good start to the season, he scored goals, he provided chances and had assists,” the manager continued. “He can always give you a different option in the game and that is of course vital.

Walcott started his career at Southampton, moving to Arsenal in January 2006 when still a teenager.

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