Arsenal’s Wenger: Podolski and Walcott can have big impact

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott can have a big impact when they return from injury

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Arsenal striker Theo Walcott Photo: Nike

Arsene Wenger believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott can have a big impact offensively when the trio return from injury.

The Gunners have suffered back-to-back home defeats at Emirates Stadium after Chelsea were 2-0 winners against the north London side and booked their place in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Podolski returned to Arsenal training this week following a hamstring injury and Walcott is on the comeback trail from abdominal surgery last month, whilst Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be fit in late November.

“Don’t go too quickly in the conclusions knowing that at the moment we have Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski who are out,” Wenger said.

“It’s three players who have a big impact offensively. If you put them in I believe that it’s a completely different position in the team.”

Wenger also urged Premier League leaders Arsenal to bounce back against third-placed Liverpool at The Emirates on Saturday.

“Look it’s better to win if you ask me. Of course it’s difficult but that’s part of the season you know you will not win all of the games but we have to respond well on Saturday against Liverpool.

“We are in a strong position in the league and we have a good opportunity at home and we we have to turn this round because away from home we are very solid but at home as well you know that it is important and vital to win the big games.”

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