Arsenal supporters have received a boost by the news that Theo Walcott has returned to full fitness following his injury and his official Premier League comeback appears imminent.
According to The Mirror, the North London derby at home to Tottenham Hotspur on September 27 has been earmarked as the ideal target date for his comeback.
“Now the 25-year-old is fully fit again and his first league game in eight months is likely to be the North London derby on September 27," the report states. "The England marksman’s rehabilitation has gone well and Arsenal feel he could be ready for the start of a crucial three-match programme that will have a major impact on their domestic and European season."
The England international has been out of action for the past eight months after sustaining a knee ligament injury against North London rivals Tottenham during their FA Cup third-round clash in January.
It was a game which was marred with controversy – or banter as the Gunners star likes to call it – as the 25-year-old was involved in a finger-gesturing scene.
After sustaining his injury and being carried off the pitch, Walcott used his fingers to flash the 2-0 scoreline following receiving a torrent of abuse from the travelling Spurs support – an action which became an instant talking point throughout the social media world.
Unfortunately for the former Southampton man, that moment was his last on the field as his injury cruelly ruled him out of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Now, with eight months of hard recovery work over, Walcott will be looking to return with a bang, and what better fixture to do it than facing their North London rivals at the Emirates Stadium.