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Walcott returns to Arsenal squad

22 November 2013 11:34

Arsenal will welcome Theo Walcott back into the squad for their visit of Southampton on Saturday following abdominal surgery.

Walcott has not featured for Arsenal since their 2-1 UEFA Champions League win over Marseille in September but is in line to make an appearance against Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he would use the England international cautiously in a fixture that will see first meet third in the Premier League, before stating on Friday that Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had not suffered any further problems in their recoveries.

"We play 60 games per year and he (Wilshere) will certainly have to be managed. Unless his pains go completely then he will be used when needed," he said.

"If there is an alert on his ankles, we will of course take advice from the medical department and use him when he can really be used.

"I have no concern, I have been told by the medical team that there is no concern in the long term. He is just still recovering from his inflammation.

"Oxlade-Chamberlain has not had a setback. He is one month away from competition."

Arsenal saw their three-match winning run in the top flight end prior to the international break with a 1-0 defeat against Manchester United.

However, Wenger was pleased with the performance at Old Trafford and believes his side have what it takes to get back to winning ways and continue their title challenge.

"In the first half against Manchester United we played with the handbrake on but we restricted them to very few chances," the Frenchman continued.

"I talked about nerves because I found us nervy in our build-up, not in the second half but the first half.

"You have to expect you can win, lose or draw every game but I know we have enough quality to decide the games in our favour.

"The league is unpredictable this year. The biggest quality needed to win it will be consistency."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
23 November 2013
Game week
12
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16:15
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Emirates Stadium (London)
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O. Giroud 22'  
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O. Giroud (PG) 86'  
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