By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger admits it is “great” to have Theo Walcott back.
The 19-year-old has not played since dislocating his shoulder while on international duty in November but he resumed full training this week and could return to action when Arsenal host Burnley in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Walcott was a revelation in the opening months of the season, nailing down a first-team spot at Emirates Stadium and announcing his arrival on the international scene with a hat-trick in a World Cup qualifier in Croatia.
Arsenal have missed their flying winger but, with a top-four place and two trophies still up for grabs, Walcott’s return could be highly significant. Wenger can’t wait to see him back in action.
“He can be very good for us,” said the Frenchman.
“It’s very important to see how he will respond with his shoulder and I think he looks to be nearly there. To have him back is great.
“The difference between training and competition is different.
“He is very fit but after that you have to get used to tackles and go into the challenges. You have to use your arms and shoulders to resist.”Copyright 2013 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 5 Mar 2009