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Arsenal boss confirms injury boost ahead of Southampton clash
Arsene Wenger has been speaking at his press conference this morning ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Southampton on Saturday evening.
The boss has confirmed a huge boost with the news that Theo Walcott is back in contention after recovering from a calf injury that’s kept him out for the last six games in all competitions.
Walcott picked up the problem after our defeat at Manchester City in mid-December and was only initially expected to be out for a matter of days but the injury turned out to be far more serious.
The 27-year-old returned to full training last week and while he wasn’t risked against Burnley last weekend, the attacker has now been given the all-clear to return to the squad for the trip to Southampton on Saturday.
With Wenger expected to make several changes to his starting eleven at St Mary’s, I think we’ll see Walcott come back in to the side on the right wing and he’ll be looking to build on what was a positive campaign before his injury.
In other team news, obviously Granit Xhaka will miss the Southampton game on Saturday [and a further three games] after being sent off against Burnley while Santi Cazorla is still not back in training as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury.
Wenger in the house: "Walcott back in the squad and of course we lose Xhaka who is suspended." #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) January 26, 2017