Arsenal waiting on Walcott fitness

Arsenal could have Theo Walcott available to play Liverpool on Sunday with the England international in contention for a place in the squad that travels to Merseyside, ESPN has reported.

Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed Walcott is back in training but admitted it was still early days for the forward, who has played only twice for his club this season after a long-term knee injury. Walcott was injured in January and missed the entire second half of last season, the World Cup and the start of the current campaign.

Wenger added that the likes of Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also in his thoughts as they make their returns from injury. “There is a slight chance of Monreal being available and a very slight chance for Walcott,” he confirmed.

“We hope that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit. We will see that on Saturday,” Wenger added. “[Walcott] is back in training [on Thursday], but only [then]. I might take him [to Liverpool], I don’t know yet until he is back to full training. Let’s see.”

David Ospina, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny all remained sidelined but are at varying stages in their recovery, Wenger noted.

Arsenal go into the game at Anfield with a five-place and five-point lead over Liverpool, the Gunners in sixth place with 26 points from their 16 games and the Reds 11th with 21 points, falling into the Premier League’s bottom half as a result of Everton’s Monday win over Queens Park Rangers.

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