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Arsene Wenger denies Theo Walcott injury return

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Arsene Wenger has dampened reports that Arsenal are set to be boosted by the return of Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott for Sunday's clash against Manchester United.

Reports emerged late on Monday night that Arsenal would welcome Walcott back to the squad following seven weeks on the sidelines with an abdominal injury.

Walcott had stepped up his recovery ahead of the crunch clash against the Premier League champions but Wenger says he is only expecting Walcott back after the November international break.

To add injury to another injury, Wenger says Wilshere, who has not travelled with the squad to face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, will face another fitness on Thursday to see if he is fit to play at Old Trafford.

In the press conference before the Champions League tie, Wenger said: "He [Wilshere] has not travelled. He has another test on Thursday if he does not pass that he is out for Sunday and for England.

"[Walcott should be back] after the [international] break."

Wenger did however, confirm that both Kieran Gibbs and Serge Gnabry have travelled with the squad after training with the first team on Tuesday morning.

"Gnabry has travelled and is in the squad," he said. "Gibbs is completely available."

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