Wenger on ACL: Some players don't return the same, but Walcott…

Theo Walcott

Age is important when it comes to recovery from the injury sustained by Arsenal star forward.

While Arsenal star attacker Theo Walcott, responsible for 33 goals and assists since the start of last season - more than any other Gunner, may feel rightly unlucky that the rupturing of his anterior knee ligament sustained during the club's recent victory over Tottenham Hotspur will keep him sidelined for the rest of the club season as well as the FIFA World Cup with England, he is - for one reason - actually fortunate.

Walcott remains a young man. At 24-years young he still has his form years as an athlete ahead of him and for a player who possesses his attributes, has at least eight years of elite-level football still to enjoy.

When he makes a full recovery from his current injury, expected to be in the summer, he will be exactly the same player as he showed this season and last, where the form he was demonstrating would put him in the conversation of Arsenal's player of the season.

Speed, acceleration and a turn of pace… these are three things that will be unaffected despite recovering from a complicated ligament issue. However, if he was older, things may be different…

Arsene Wenger, speaking on the club's official website, had more: 'We know deep studies show that the players of around 25 with that kind of injury come back as normal. When you’re over 29 or 30 you do not ever come back exactly the same.

'But between 25 and 28 you come back to the level you had before.'

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This school of thought is in keeping with a recent report published by Here Is The City, highlighting an argument put forth by former Liverpool, Manchester United and England star striker Michael Owen, himself a victim of ACL damage, who vehemently denied the notion that 'for those who game is based on pace and explosive acceleration, it is a worrisome injury', by claiming a ligament connects two bones and does not affect speed. Muscles and tendons create speed and power, while ligaments create stability.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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