Arsenal latest: Walcott injury update, Everton defender linked

Theo Walcott

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The Gunners have added Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez in a blockbuster £32m swoop in order to add some pace to the team, but winger Theo Walcott has made sure that fans don't forget about him. The England international has been sidelined since sustaining a knee injury against Tottenham in January, but says his comeback is going well.

"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," said Walcott. "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."

The arrival of Sanchez is still being celebrated by Arsenal fans, who can't wait to see the Chilean in action next season. The 25-year-old is the latest big name to join the club after Mesut Ozil last summer, but despite the addition of a top quality player, former England striker Michael Owen says the Gunners won't make the top four of the Premier League.

"The signing of Sanchez has made everyone sit up and take note," said Owen. "I really do rate him, he's a top player and it's a big step in the right direction. But, in no particular order, my top four for next season would be Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool."

In transfer news, Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is still expected to join Manchester United despite a hold-up in the deal, and the Gunners will need to add another centre back if the Belgian does leave. Speculation tonight suggests that manager Arsene Wenger could be lining up a shock move to sign Everton youngster John Stones, who impressed so much at the end of last season that he was on the standby list for England's World Cup campaign.

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