Arsenal's Theo Walcott

21 November 2013Last updated at 18:53 GMT

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott set to return from injury

Theo Walcott could make his first Arsenal appearance for more than two months on Saturday after recovering from an abdominal injury.

Walcott is in the squad to face his former club Southampton on Saturday.

The 24-year-old pulled out of the league match with Stoke on 22 September after aggravating the injury four days earlier against Marseille.

“He has not played even a reserve team game, but I will put him in the squad on Saturday,” said boss Arsene Wenger.

The Walcott difference

  • Arsenal with Walcott this season: Won 6, Lost 1
  • Arsenal without Walcott this season: Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 3

“He’s completely fit again.”

Wenger initially deployed Serge Gnabry in Walcott’s role, but has since had his midfield options strengthened by the return of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere.

“Theo has different qualities to other players and I am very pleased that he’s back,” Wenger added on Arsenal’s official website. 

“Strikers who get behind the defenders is a very important quality and Theo has that quality.”

Arsenal were level on points with Tottenham at the top of the Premier League before Walcott’s injury prior to the Stoke game. They now have a two-point advantage over Liverpool in second.

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Arsenal:- 'Royal Arsenal' formed in Woolwich Arsenal Player DatabaseFeaturing EVERY Arsenal player A small group of Scots sowed the seed which would grow into one of the most famous names in football. David Danskin, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, worked at the Arsenal munitions factory in Woolwich. The Scot, a football man in an area dominated by rugby and cricket, founded a team with the help of three friends, Elijah Watkins, John Humble and Richard Pearce. The arrival in Woolwich of two Nottingham Forest players, Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates, had spurred Danskin into action. Word got around and 15 men came forward, each prepared to pay sixpence to help start up a club. Danskin added another three shillings himself and the club bought a football. It was October 1886. The club arranged its first game for December 1886 but had no name, no kit and nowhere to play. Danskin and company were referred to as Dial Square - after one of the factory's workshops - and crossed the Thames to play Eastern Wanderers on the Isle of Dogs. Dial Square won 6-0 and met in the Royal Oak pub, next to Woolwich Arsenal station, on Christmas Day 1886. Beardsley solved the kit problem by asking his contacts at Nottingham Forest to help. They duly sent a complete set of red shirts. And as they sat in the Royal Oak, the founding fathers chose a new name. They combined the name of the pub with their place of work - Royal Arsenal. It was far grander than 'Dial Square' and would be the club's name until 1891 when Woolwich Arsenal was formally adopted. At the time the 15 men who had pooled their resources to buy a football wanted little more than a means of exercise and, no doubt, the social activity which accompanied it. Little did they know what they had started.
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