Report: Theo Walcott recovery update, duo to miss Arsenal's Champions League decider

Theo Walcott 2-0 Gesture v Tottenham

Arsenal have been dealt a serious blow in their aspirations to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds, but have some bright news regarding Theo Walcott.

Arsenal will be without both Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla for their Champions League decider against Olympiakos - but Theo Walcott could return.

The duo were injured in the 1-1 draw against Norwich City, although former Malaga midfielder Cazorla was able to complete the game.

The Times report the club are facing up to the fact both players will be unavailable for next week's tie in Greece, and also the preceding Premier League game against a resurgent Sunderland this weekend.

Sanchez's injured hamstring has been so inflamed that he has still not been able to undergo a scan, but The Times report the Gunners are hopeful his injury will be 'weeks rather than months.'

Santi Cazorla is nursing a knee injury and is also not expected to be healthy, but there is one piece of good news.

The report states Theo Walcott has returned to training after suffering a muscle injury against Sheffield Wednesday, and is hopeful of making the Olympiakos fixture.

He could be a like for like replacement for Sanchez in the starting XI, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have to step up in place of Santi Cazorla.

'The Ox' came off the bench in the draw against Norwich and can play either out wide or in the centre, giving the Gunners the option of bringing Aaron Ramsey back into his preferred central position.

Arsenal need a 2-0 win in Greece, or a one goal win if they score three goals or more, and it looks likely it will be the club's injury prone British core which will have a key role in helping them pull off a memorable victory.

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