Arsenal star Calum Chambers was delighted to see teammate Theo Walcott return to action during the Gunners’ 3-0 victory over Burnley.
The 25-year-old forward picked up a knee ligament injury during the Gunners’ 2-0 Fa Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur back in January and subsequently ruled out for an initial six months.
His injury saw him miss both the FA Cup final and the World Cup in Brazil, and his return to training has been a slow a process longer than first expected.
All the hard work on return however has finally paid off after Walcott made his official comeback in front of a rapturous Emirates crowd as he replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with 10 minutes to go.
It was Chambers’ first opportunity to play alongside Walcott since his summer move from Southampton, and he spoke to reporters of his joy at seeing his teammate for the first time.
“Having Theo back gives us a big lift but everyone in this team is willing to work. He’s working so hard, it helps us a lot to win the ball back higher up the pitch. He’s a quality player,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“It’s fantastic to have him back. He’s been working so hard at the training ground to get himself back and fit.”
Walcott made nine Premier League starts last season before getting injured in January, scoring five goals and assisting a further four.
His pace and directness has often been lacking for the North Londoners this season and his return is likely to hand boss Arsene Wenger a welcome attacking alternative in the final third.