Theo Walcott return gives Arsenal hope after Mesut Özil injury

It is time for Theo Walcott to make his mark at the Emirates. (©GettyImages)

With Mesut Ozil out until early next year, the return of Theo Walcott to action this Friday in an Under-21 match will be crucial for Arsenal if they are to maintain a title challenge this season.

The German midfielder has tore ligaments in his knee and is set to be out until atleast January. Despite arguably not living up to his £42.5million price tag, this is still a huge loss for Arsenal.

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Jack Wilshere has admitted that the Arsenal side are 'devastated' about the loss of the key midfielder, but feels that Arsenal have enough quality to cope without him.

"We are devastated for Mesut because he can play in that number 10, we have seen what he can do at number 10," 

"Ozil was playing on the left a bit so it probably won't change much in the centre. Now it might give Theo or Chambo a chance," said Wilshere.

However, as the old cliché goes, as one door closes, another one opens. The return of Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry to the squad will be a big boost to Arsene Wenger's side.

The winger tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the 2014 FA Cup third victory over rivals Tottenham Hotspur and has been out of the squad for nearly nine months. He's now back in full training and is set to start for Arsenals Under-21 team against Blackburn on Friday.

The 25 year old will hope to make an international return for England’s next games against Slovenia and Scotland on November 15 and 18.

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