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Arsenal team news: Walcott boost after training separately while duo set to be rested

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott trained separately to start his Monday morning, but was later seen joining his teammates in the full session.

The Gunners face a trip to Ludogorets on Tuesday night in the Champions League before they take on bitter rivals Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.

Walcott had been a doubt after missing the win over Sunderland at the weekend due to a hamstring strain, and it didn’t look too promising early on Monday as he was seen training alone, as reported by @ChrisWheatley on Twitter with the video below.

Further, he added that neither Santi Cazorla nor Nacho Monreal were in training and therefore are unlikely to be risked in Europe in midweek with such a significant fixture in the Premier League ahead.

The Spanish midfield ace has been out with an Achilles injury for two weeks while his compatriot missed the Sunderland win due to a muscular problem.

There was more positive news for Arsenal supporters though as Walcott joined up with the rest of the squad for the full session later on Monday to suggest that he will be available to travel with the squad if Arsene Wenger feels as though he needs him.

Arsenal sit top of Group A along with PSG on seven points, with both Basel and Ludogorets trailing with a point apiece. In turn, if any member of the squad is carrying a knock, then it would certainly seem wise for Wenger to leave them behind with Spurs awaiting them at the weekend in a crucial clash at the top of the Premier League.

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