Gunner Walcott Returns To Full Training.
Theo Walcott has returned to full training with Arsenal following a long-term knee injury sustained in January.
The England international ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Arsenal's FA Cup third-round win over rivals Tottenham and subsequently missed the remainder of campaign.
Walcott's injury also kept him out of the World Cup in Brazil and the 25-year-old has yet to feature for Arsenal this term.
However, the former Southampton man was back in action at the club's London Colney training ground, along with Serge Gnabry, on Monday and could hand Arsene Wenger a timely boost in the coming weeks.
The Frenchman is currently without striker Olivier Giroud due to a fractured tibia but Walcott's likely imminent return will further strengthen a forward line that includes the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.
Walcott had been in strong form prior to his injury, scoring six goals in 18 appearances for Arsenal across three competitions last season.
Gnabry could also bolster Wenger's options - with the 19-year-old forward having been out of action since April due to a knee injury - and may help fill the void left by Mesut Ozil's absence.
The club's record signing is set for a three-month lay-off due to a knee problem.
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Theo James Walcott (born 16 March 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Arsenal and the England national team.
Walcott won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2006.
Walcott is a product of the Southampton Academy and started his career with Southampton before joining Arsenal for £5 million in 2006.
His speedy pace and ball crossing led his manager Arsène Wenger to deploy him on the wing for most of his career.
In the 2012-13 season, a contract dispute led him to being played as a striker, before returning in the 2013-14 season playing on the wing once again.
On 30 May 2006, Walcott became England's youngest ever senior football player aged 17 years and 75 days.
On 6 September 2008, he made his first competitive start in a World Cup qualifier against Andorra, and in the following match against Croatia on 10 September he opened his senior international goals tally and became the youngest player in history to score a hat-trick for England.
He has represented England at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012 and has 36 caps, scoring five goals.
Walcott started the 2013–14 campaign in good form, scoring against Olympique de Marseille in the group stage of the Champions League and registering assists against Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, as well as Fenerbahçe in Champions League qualifying.
His run of form came to a halt after he suffered an abdominal injury in late August.
Walcott was forced to undergo surgery and therefore missed two months of the season before returning to action against his former club Southampton in late November.
He then appeared as a late substitute in Arsenal's next four fixtures, assisting goals against Cardiff City and Everton.
Walcott started his first game since returning from injury against Manchester City on 14 December. He scored twice against City, but could not prevent Arsenal from losing the match 6–3.
On 26 December, he scored twice against West Ham United, including his first ever headed goal.
On 4 January 2014, Walcott sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during a FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur and was ruled out for six months, therefore forcing him to miss the rest of the season and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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