Arsene Wenger explains why Theo Walcott did not play for Arsenal v Sunderland in Premier League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Theo Walcott is not yet ready to make a Premier League comeback.

Theo Walcott has recovered from a long-term injury and was among the Arsenal substitutes for the Premier League clash against Sunderland on Sunday.

However, the England international forward did not come on and watched the game from the bench.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been cautious with the 25-year-old, who has not played competitive football since January of this year.

The Frenchman has now explained why Walcott did not come on against Sunderland

‘He’s fit’, Arsenal’s official website quotes Wenger as saying. ‘He lacks competition. Physically he lacks two things: contact in the Premier League and competition. But fitness wise there is no problem at all’.

It seems that Wenger wants to gradually bring Walcott into the action, and that is understandable.

Although the former Southampton star has featured in an Under-21 match, the rigours and physical nature of the Premier League could be tough for him at this stage of his recovery.

Arsenal are not in action until next weekend when they take on Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. Perhaps after a week of thorough training, Walcott will be ready to make an appearance for the Gunners.

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