Arsene Wenger says he’ll continue to monitor Theo Walcott following his long awaited return to first team action.
Hopeful that the 25-year-old won’t suffer any setbacks after nine months on the sidelines the boss suggested that the winger could benefit from a call-up to the England setup next month, so long as Roy Hodgson treats him with caution.
“Hopefully Theo will come on and have no setbacks now, but we always have to be cautious. The battle is not won yet – at nine or 10 months out, you have ups or downs and I will have to manage that well,” Wenger said after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley.
“If he wants to go [with England], I am happy for him to go and train, and maybe get a few minutes.
“I am happy for that because it will help his development. Is he completely ready? I think it is a bit early, but to be in the squad would be good for him.”
Should Walcott get the nod he’d join an ever-growing band of Arsenal brothers in the Three Lions set-up with Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featuring last time out.
The latter, a close replaced by Walcott at the weekend, said he’s overjoyed to see his close pal get back in the groove.
“I’m absolutely over the moon to see him back,” the Ox told Arsenal Player. ”He’s been a massive part of my career since I’ve been at Arsenal and a big inspiration for me as my mentor, so to see him injured for as long as he was upsetting and disappointing.
“What was better than that, though, was that I saw how professional he was throughout and how positive he stayed, so there’s nobody that deserves success more than he does.
“I’m really happy to see him back and he deserves every success in the rest of the season. I’m sure he’s going to help us.
“We’re coming towards a busy Christmas and New Year schedule where anything can happen. We’ve got a lot of games coming up and we’ve built up a nice bit of momentum with a few good results, so we need to keep building on that.”
Arseblog News hasn’t ever managed a real life football team or had the responsibility of overseeing the rehabilitation of a top athlete, however, we reckon Theo would be much better served by sacking off the chance to play Slovenia and Scotland in favour of a week in bed, chilling to the sounds of mating dolphins with regular cups of lukewarm hot chocolate for comfort.
You know….as far away as possible from cunts like Charlie Adam.