Walcott set to make Arsenal return against Southampton

Theo Walcott is in line to return to the Arsenal side when Premier League fixtures resume on Saturday, the Daily Mail has reported, as the league leaders meet high-flying Southampton, Walcott’s former club.

Walcott has not featured for Arsene Wenger since suffering an abdominal injury in September. The forward’s last game came against Marseille in a 2-1 Champions League win in France, with Walcott scoring the opening goal, shortly after the hour mark. It was the last of his seven club appearances so far this season, and his only goal.

The 24-year-old moved to Arsenal from Southampton in January 2006, despite having only 23 appearances and five goals for the Saints under his belt. Walcott has since gone on to make 270 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 64 times.

Wenger should also be able to call on Aaron Ramsey after the Wales international missed his country’s draw with Finland on Saturday, while Lukas Podolski is nearing a return to action, having been unavailable since suffering a hamstring injury in the Champions League win over Fenerbahce in August.

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