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Theo Walcott hands Arsenal a timely injury boost

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Arsenal fans have finally received some positive news on the injury front, with Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry both pictured back in full training today and closing on a hotly-anticipated return to first-team action.

Walcott in particular was a big miss for the Gunners during the second half of last season, taking some time to recover from a career-threatening anterior cruciate injury suffered against Tottenham Hotspur in January.

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Wenger finally has some good news

Gnabry and Walcott rejoined the first-team squad, or at least those not on international duty, towards the back end of last week and are now hoping to provide a timely double injury boost ahead of this weekend's return to Premier League action.

Saturday's clash with Hull City will probably come too soon for the pacy pair, but beyond that test there's every chance Walcott in particular will be back in an Arsenal shirt before the end of October.

In fairness Arsenal aren't short of attacking options in wide areas, with Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain particular points of encouragement so far this season.

Walcott's return would be huge for Arsenal nonetheless, a genuine difference maker who could also provide an alternative in a central strike role if Danny Welbeck falls four of an injury curse at the Emirates that shows no sign of slowing down.

Ozil out, Koscielny a long-term concern

Wenger has endured a pretty desperate seven days in terms of injury news concerning top stars, with Mesut Ozil joining the likes of Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Ozil's knee ligament problem means he looks very unlikely to be fit until 2015, while Laurent Koscielny was sent back to London by France as he continues to nurse tendinitis in both of his Achilles, a problem Arsenal have managed so far this season but will definitely result in the centre-back missing matches.

Amongst doom and gloom surrounding Wenger's lack of defensive cover there's two reasons to be positive, Walcott is on the verge of playing for the first time in 10 months and whizkid Gnabry's not too far behind.

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