Theo Walcott nearing injury return

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is looking forward to returning for the north London side next season, and is particularly excited about linking up with new teammate Alexis Sanchez, according to The Independent.

Lengthy injury

Walcott was ruled out of the Gunners' run in to the end of the season, as well as England's World Cup campaign, where he had to watch agonisingly from the wings as his country bowed out of Brazil in the group stages. Despite a poor tournament, Walcott is optimistic about the national team's future, and is targeting Euro 2016 in France to bounce back from a disappointing campaign in Brazil.

Although he has had a painful last few months, the England star is in high spirits and looks forward to making a return and playing alongside his Chilean counterpart.

"Sanchez is a world-class player and I enjoyed watching him play for Barcelona and for Chile at the World Cup. He’s still very young as well and he is going to show so much pace and power, which we lacked a bit last year. With me and him on the flanks, a lot of teams won’t be looking forward to playing Arsenal this year!

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"There’s a great buzz around the club at the moment. He is a marquee signing and something that the club has pushed on to: first you had Mesut Ozil and now it is Alexis Sanchez. Who knows where it is going to stop?

"It is great to learn from these players, and I cannot wait to play alongside him. I am really looking forward to it," he told the club's website.

Return date?

Despite Walcott being close to making a full recovery, he has not announced a date of return, but says it will not be far off.

"The knee is going really well, I am doing some good stuff with the physios and fitness coaches and we have worked really hard throughout the summer. Things are looking really good and I have worked very hard for the last five months now.

"The most important thing is getting the strength back and it has pretty much nearly healed - it is just about building up that stability and strength again. It is coming along nicely and I am really pleased."

Walcott and Sanchez will pose a massive threat to all defences next year, both in the Premier League and the Champions League as Wenger looks to add to his FA Cup win last year.

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