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Theo Walcott hints at imminent Arsenal return

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Theo Walcott has dropped a big hint that he will be involved in Arsenal's Premier League tie against Burnley on Saturday.

The 25-year-old has been out since January after injuring a cruciate ligament in his knee but has been in full training for two weeks. Walcott was named on the bench for Arsenal's game against Sunderland, but Arsene Wenger opted against bringing him on.

However, with Arsenal set to welcome the Premier League strugglers Burnley to the Emirates Stadium, it appears the forward will be welcomed back onto the pitch by a home crowd.

The post read: "Training going well this week. Looking forward to the weekend! #afc #COYG #SpeedMatters"

Walcott hinted that he is already set to feature on his official Instagram account, saying he could not wait for the weekend to roll around. If he does feature, it will be the first game he has played in since Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the FA Cup third round tie.

"Theo’s runs off the ball are fantastic and he gives you hope that we will score."

Partnership

Walcott's return has plenty of anticipation attached to it as the England international will be joining new signings Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez for the first time. The attacking trio would certainly be one of the fastest in European football and certainly the fastest in the Premier League.

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Arsene Wenger has already confirmed that he is excited to see what Walcott can do when partnered with the £35 million man Sanchez.

"My imagination works like yours," Wenger told the press when questioned on the prospect of Walcott playing with the Chilean forward.

"Theo’s runs off the ball are fantastic and he gives you hope that we will score."

Crisis

Seeing the £100,000-a-week star on the pitch will certainly be a welcome sight for Arsenal. However, Arsenal have not struggled for goals despite his absence. Where they are struggling is in defence.

Arsenal currently have just four fit defenders in the ranks, including youngsters Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers. Laurent Koscielny looks set for a spell on the sidelines with chronic Achilles problems while Mathieu Debuchy is also sidelined with ankle ligament damage.

Kieran Gibbs could be fit after limping out of the 2-0 win over Sunderland, but if does fail to recover, Bellerin could be forced to play at left-back while Nacho Monreal continues to cover in central defence.

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