Arsenal star Theo Walcott proves Wenger right, makes only 7 touches in 31 minutes on the pitch

Arsenal's Theo Walcott was ineffective when he came on against Southampton.

Arsene Wenger expressed concern ahead of Arsenal's loss to Southampton that Theo Walcott was not looking up to full speed.

The Frenchman described him as 'edgy', suggesting Walcott is not yet mentally confident regarding his return from injury.

He was brought on for the final half an hour against the Saints, and sadly proved his manager right in terms of not being ready to make an impact.

Walcott touched the ball only seven times during the 31 minutes he was on the pitch, attempting five passes.

It has been almost one year since Walcott picked up his knee injury against Tottenham in the FA Cup, and while he returned in November, a series of muscle injuries sent him back to the treatment table.

For Walcott to be tentative is understandable, but Arsenal need him back to his best as quickly as possible.

While against Southampton, chasing the game, his time on the pitch will have been disappointing, it may have been a necessary step for Walcott to take, and is a box to check as he pushes to regain form.

It's possible Arsene Wenger will have earmarked the FA Cup game with Hull as a possible chance for him to start, but his lack of impact as a substitute at Southampton could give him pause for thought amid concern he may not be ready for such a role just days later.

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