Theo Walcott is set to return to full match fitness for Arsenal, and former Liverpool and Sunderland defender Phil Babb has highlighted how important that will be.
The England international forward has not played a competitive game since January when he sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee against Tottenham Hotspur in a FA Cup tie.
The 25-year-old will not be involved in Arsenal’s Premier League game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, but he could be back next weekend when the Gunners host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
Babb, a former Republic of Ireland international, believes that Walcott’s return is going to make Arsenal a better team.
‘He is such an influential player for Arsenal when he is fit’, he told Sky Sports. ‘I certainly think that without Theo in the side, Arsenal are a team almost devoid of ideas and almost devoid of confidence at the moment.
‘So once he comes in, it is almost like getting a new signing. His energy and pace and eye for goal will certainly help Arsenal this season’.
Walcott is indeed an important player of the Arsenal team, and his experience and talent will be crucial for the Gunners.
To suggest that Arsenal have lacked ideas and confidence without the former Southampton star may be a bit too much, though. After all, the Gunners have a number of other top players, such as Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez.
However, it cannot be denied that Walcott’s return to fitness is a huge boost to Arsenal and will certainly make them a better side.
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