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Wenger Confirms Key Attacker Is ‘Ready To Play Again’ After Injury
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Theo Walcott is now considered fit and ready to play again but he’s going to be carefully managed over the coming weeks.
Walcott has only recently returned to full training after ten months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury that he suffered against Tottenham back in January.
The 25-year-old came off the bench to make an impressive 10 minute cameo appearance against Burnley last weekend but failed to get any game-time during our disappointing 3-3 draw with Anderlecht in midweek.
Many fans have been calling for Theo to start on Sunday away at Swansea and although the boss has confirmed the winger is now ‘ready to play’, he insists he won’t rush him back after such a long time out.
Wenger told Arsenal.com:
“In our job, every time you have a big injury, there is a bigger chance of having another,”
“Overall he has been taken care of very well.
“He is now ready to play again and we just have to leave him in peace and give him the time needed to come back.
“He has been out for 10 months – I don’t know if you realise how long that is. People think it’s like mechanics.
“[Players are] not machines, they are human beings and to get back into the rhythm of the top, top competition will take time.”
I totally agree that we have to manage Theo’s return carefully and with just 10 minutes of first team football under his belt, I don’t think he should start on Sunday.
Let’s hope he get at least half an hour against Swansea followed by a run-out for England during the international break, as he should then be ready to start against Man Utd in two weeks time.