Arsene Wenger confirms Theo Walcott will return for Arsenal against Southampton
— The FA (@FA) November 18, 2013
Theo Walcott has recovered from his abdominal injury and is fit to face former club Southampton this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.
The England international has not played since mid-September after picking up the injury during a Champions League game against Marseille.
Wenger said: “Theo will be back for Saturday in the squad. He’s completely fit again.
“He has not played for a long time, of course, he has not played even a reserve team game, but I will put him in the squad on Saturday.”
The Gunners boss believes Walcott has been a big loss for his side in recent weeks.
He continued: “Of course you miss a player like Theo Walcott. Theo had a good start to the season, he scored goals, he provided chances and had assists. He can always give you a different option in the game and that is of course vital.
“You always want to have a perfect balance. If you look at our results our balance was not too bad. But Theo has different qualities to other players and I am very pleased that he’s back.”