PHOTOS: Arsenal star Theo Walcott returns from knee injury with 45 minutes of action

Theo Walcott 2-0 Gesture v Tottenham

Theo Walcott has played for Arsenal's under-21s this evening against their Blackburn Rovers counterparts.

Arsenal are currently suffering in the injury department, but there has been some great news today regarding the long-term absence from first-team action.

Theo Walcott suffered a serious knee injury back in January during an FA Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur. His celebration whilst on a stretcher leaving the field has earned him a place in Arsenal folklore.

Now, 10 months down the line, Walcott has kicked a ball in anger again for Arsenal - well their under-21s at least.

It was well known all week that Walcott was set to play for the Arsenal second string against Blackburn Rovers under-21s this evening but actually seeing it happen has certainly put a smile on fans faces.

He only managed 45 minutes, as Arsenal look to nurse him back to full fitness, coming off at half-time for Alex Iwobi but he certainly had some moments in the fixture.

He came close to scoring at one point after good work from Abou Diaby and Daniel Crowley, after in the early moments he skipped past four Blackburn players to find Serge Gnabry with a cross - who missed the target.

All in all it was a good way to get back into the game for Arsenal - fans will now be excited to see him in first-team action before the end of the month.

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