Arsène Wenger believes the return of Theo Walcott will provide his team with a different option when they go forward.

Walcott, who has been sidelined for two months after he sustained an abdominal injury, is back in the squad for Saturday's game against his old club Southampton.

And Wenger thinks Walcott's pace and willingness to make runs makes him different to other players in his squad.

Theo has different qualities to other players and I am very pleased that he's back

Arsène Wenger

"He is one of the players who goes behind [the defence] without the ball," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "Strikers who get behind the defenders is a very important quality and Theo [Walcott] has that quality.

"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 [in attack]," Wenger added. "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."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Isaac Moore 21 Nov 2013