Arsenal morning news: Wenger's Walcott warning, Ox on crucial result

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A round up of news stories this morning about Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has warned England boss Roy Hodgson over the fitness of winger Theo Walcott.

Walcott has returned to first team action and Wenger has urged caution if Hodgson selects him for the next international break.

“The battle is not won yet - at nine or 10 months out, you have ups or downs and I will have to manage that well. If he wants to go [with England], I am happy for him to go and train, and maybe get a few minutes,” he told Sky Sports News.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has switched his focus to the Champions League match against Anderlecht.

The Ox has suggested that Arsenal’s win in Belgium in the last round of games was crucial.

“It was a really important game for us and that result was really crucial because, without a win there or at minimum a draw, we would have been left right in it with a tough uphill climb,” he told the Arsenal website.

Wenger has also revealed he’s impressed by the way Arsenal have improved over the last couple of weeks.

“In the recent games at home we were not patient and we have learned. We look a bit more balanced between offence and defence,” said Wenger after the game against Burnley.

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