Arsenal could have the quickest set of strikers in world football…
Arsenal have been handed a fitness boost with the news that Theo Walcott is hopeful of making his return to the Gunners line-up next month, and is desperate to line-up alongside summer signings Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.
Walcott suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury while playing against Tottenham in the FA Cup in January last season, and missed England’s World Cup campaign this summer.
The Guardian reports on the 25-year-old, who says he will not be back for the Premier League derby against Tottenham at the Emirates on 27 September but he is happy to report that he is talking in terms of “weeks rather than months” for his comeback.
The hope is that he will be fully fit after the international break in the middle of next month, and the player has been taking the positives from an injury that also caused him to miss Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Hull City at Wembley in May.
“I hope to be quicker, definitely,” Walcott said, speaking at Sportwaves. “You’ve got to look at these injuries as a bit of a blessing at times. I was able to be there for the birth of my son, Finley [in April] and, also, I’ve never had the opportunity to work on the strength in my legs. With that, I think I should be quicker and stronger.”
He also had his say on the club’s new signings, commenting: “I hope we’ll have the fastest forward line in the Premier League,” Walcott said. “We can build on the FA Cup win and attract these great players to the club. It will hopefully put Arsenal where we should be – winning trophies.
“It’s a massive buzz around the club. Alexis has settled in very quickly and Danny is a good guy, who I know from England. It has been well-documented over the years that we haven’t spent as much but Arsenal are doing it in the right way. We are spending it wisely. The boss knows what he is doing. He also likes to work with young players, not just bring in expensive players for the sake of it.”