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£9.1m Arsenal Ace Admits Smiling Got Him Through Injury

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has admitted that it was smiling that got him through his year long lay off with injury, as reported by Arsenal.com.

The England international suffered his knock during an FA Cup third round clash with fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur last season, and in a remarkable display of mirroring, made his first start since recovering from his injury in the third round game against Hull City last weekend, exactly a year on from the Spurs injury, a game which Arsenal won by exactly the same scoreline, 2-0.

The 25 year old is convinced that he is over his injury woes, and that he can make an impact over the rest of the season.

However, he also told Arsenal Player his secrets behind remaining positive in the face of such a long injury spell.

Part of it, he feels, is simply not allowing yourself to get down or feel negative while injured.

He said: “You need to just come into training with a smile on your face, enjoy it and that’s all you can do.

“I remember when I had one of my injuries before, I came in down in the dumps and rehab seemed to take so much longer.

“You don’t want that, you want to come in and feel like you’re doing something each day. Even though it might be the same things at the start, you benefit when it comes to the end of it.

“I like to work week by week, so I forget about the big picture and the nine months. Week by week, hitting the goals and when you have achieved that, you can feel good about hitting something else.

“When I was first coming in, it was in the afternoon, which is a good thing because I was on crutches and the physios had to deal with the players that were fit at the time.

“I’d see the players go out and that was quite tough. Then I came in during the mornings and just doing that helped me feel I had a place back in the squad, so that was nice.”

Arsenal Manager Praises Forward Options After 25-Year-Old Return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised the striking options available to him in his squad after seeing Theo Walcott return from injury against Hull City last night, as reported by ArsenalFC.com.

The Gunners triumphed 2-0 in the third round clash, a repeat of last year’s final, when the north London side also won.

Per Mertesacker opened the scoring for Wenger’s side, who dominated the majority of the game.

Alexis Sanchez then wrapped up the game with a goal late on, and he was exceptional at leading the like.

Walcott returned to action for the first time since the third round last season, offering another player for Wenger to consider going forward.

Joel Campbell also played in the game, one of his first appearances for the Emirates Stadium side.

This, along with Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud, who played no part, means Wenger has options going forward.

He was effusive in his praise for the options up front.

“We have many options when you think of the players who still have not played tonight,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We have many solutions up front.

“You cannot expect much [from Walcott yet] but fitness-wise he was good. He had good chances, made some good runs. He has to get used to contact again and that will take a little bit of time. Overall it was a positive first game.

“It’s a very important period now. We’ve had many injuries until now and hopefully everybody will be back.”


Arsenal Star Delighted To Finally Play With ‘Special’ Teammate

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has revealed that he was delighted to finally play alongside his teammate Alexis Sanchez in the FA Cup clash with Hull City on Sunday.

The Gunners romped to a 2-0 victory against Steve Bruce’s beleaguered Hull side in a repeat of last year’s final.

Walcott made his return from a long spell on the sidelines, exactly 365 days after his last game for the north London side, which was in the same competition against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

During that time, he missed out on a World Cup with England and an FA Cup final win with his club side.

However, he was immediately keen to heap praise on Sanchez, who has scored 16 goals since arriving at Arsenal from Barcelona in the summer.

Walcott told the press: “Alexis is a special player, so it’s nice to get on the pitch with him finally.”

Sanchez had a key role in the win on Sunday, setting up Per Mertesacker’s opening goal from a corner kick, before bagging himself to secure the win for Arsenal.