Theo Walcott says that he will always be about to help Olivier Giroud as the Frenchman comes back from injury.
Giroud picked up an injury to his left leg, which is set to rule him out for the rest of the year, and Walcott realises what a tough time this will be for the striker.
Walcott has been suffering with a knee injury which has ruled him out since January and he has offered to use his experience to help his team-mate as he faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
“I’ve been through a long injury myself now so I’ve said to him, ‘If there’s anything down the line you need to talk to me about from the rehab side of it, from the family side, anything, I’m there for you’,” Walcott told Arsenal's official site.
“I’m just a phone call away and he comes in anyway in the afternoons so I’m always there to see him.
"It was such an innocuous thing that happened. But you’ve got to think when you get injured that it’s a good opportunity to work on something and Oli’s got all the attributes to [do that].
“He’s a very good athlete and he can be even stronger when he comes back from this, and that’s what I said, which he appreciated. He’s a great guy.”
Walcott is set to return in the imminent future and will be hoping to make an impression when he does.
The jet-heeled attacker has been missed throughout his absence from football and the Gunners will be looking for him to add another dimension to their attacking quartet when he does commence playing again.
Giroud is set to be waiting for considerably longer for his return to action, though, and when he does hit full fitness he will find his place more under threat than ever before.
The target man's injury meant that Arsene Wenger had to dip into the transfer market to sign someone who could compensate for his spell on the sidelines and brought in Danny Welbeck on deadline day.
Giroud has monopolised the attacking position since arriving in North London, but Welbeck gives him quality competition and the England international will be expected to be in full-flow by the end of the year meaning that the French international will have to show his very best if he is to break back into the starting line-up.