Arsene Wenger reflects on Theo Walcott’s Arsenal comeback
The Arsenal manager was delighted to see Theo Walcott return to competitive action on Saturday
Arsene Wenger admitted his delight after Theo Walcott made his first Arsenal appearance since January during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley.
The England international was an 80th-minute substitute at Emirates Stadium as Wenger’s men recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.
Walcott had been out of action after damaging his knee ligaments in the FA Cup win over Tottenham last season and having to undergo surgery.
“It’s good I could give him 12 or 13 minutes today when the game was nearly won,” said Wenger.
“It’s good that his decision making and movement are good – he just needs to get used to competition.
“Of course [his return gave the stadium a lift]. For him it must be great as well to see that everybody wants him to come on.
“Lukas Podolski also could have scored two and he came on very well when you think that we have not got a number of offensive players like Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud. There’s a lot of competition in the forward positions.”