The pacey Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry have both returned to full training after long injury layoffs according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Walcott and Gnabry have been out of action for a lengthy 9 months after going off during Arsenal’s FA Cup win against Spurs last season and the young german Gnabry has also been out for a total of 7 months with a similar problem. Both players have over a week to rest up and try and regain some match fitness during the international break prior to Arsenal’s clash against FA Cup finalists Hull at the Emirates next week. Speaking to Arsenal.com Wenger said the following,
“Theo is not too far away now. Serge has been out for a long, long time and Theo has also been out for nine months, so it’s good to see them back.
“They’ve worked very hard and they’re very dedicated. They are back in the group on a daily basis and that’s very good news.
He also gave updates on Aaron Ramsey and club captain Mikel Arteta,
“For Ramsey it’s day 13 today (Thursday) and I think it will be day 21 before he is back into training. Arteta may be back with the group late next week.”
It is certainly good news that we have a number of players returning given the fact that club record signing Mesut Özil has been recently ruled out for a three month period. It is unlikely that either Walcott or Gnabry will be in contention to start against Hull although they will be welcome additions to the bench with Theo Walcott’s goal threat a welcome addition to a currently paper thin selection of attacking options.