Photos: Theo Walcott plays his first Arsenal game in nine months

Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry both feature for Arsenal's Under-21 side against Blackburn Rovers on Friday night

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Theo Walcott played his first competitive game in nine months on Friday night as he featured for Arsenal’s Under-21 side against Blackburn Rovers.

The 25-year-old England international has not featured for the Gunners since picking up a knee ligament injury against Tottenham in the FA Cup back in January.

Walcott underwent surgery and missed the World Cup, but is now nearing a return to first-team action for the north London club.

Serge Gnabry was also in action on Friday night following the 19-year-old’s own spell on the sidelines with a knee problem

Speaking on Thursday, manager Arsene Wenger insisted that he would not rush Walcott back to action too soon.

Wenger said: “He has been out for nine months and needs to find some rhythm in the game and some confidence to go into the contact.”

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