Walcott NOT to be rushed back to Arsenal First XI

At last Theo Walcott is finally approaching full fitness and he managed to come through the first 45 minutes of the Gunners reserve match last night, but after so long on the sidelines he is not expecting to be rushed back into the first team.

He said after the game: “It was good, nice to get a little blow out, it’s a been a hard, long, nine months, and first I’ve got to say a massive thank you to all the Arsenal medical team because without them I wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve done.

“I’ve had so much support right from the start so it’s nice to go out there and kick a ball. It’s not just a job, it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing and I’ve really missed it.”

Asked if he felt any problems after his return to action, the 25-year-old said: “Not at all. I always need to go out and play to the best of my ability, you don’t think about that and I got through it.

“I think it’s important to recover and I have to be a bit patient. The manager will choose to play when he wants and it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight. I need to just be calm and not get too excited right now.”

Another Arsenal player not expected to be in the first team soon is Serge Gnabry, who managed to play a whole hour last night before being replaced. He was impressive at times last season but unless our injury situation gets even worse he will be back in the reserves for a while…

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