Gunners boosted by return of Walcott

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Since Arsenal?s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at the start of October, the Gunners have put together a decent run of form.

A last-gasp equaliser against Hull spared their blushes before another late show yielded three vital Champions League points at Anderlecht. They have since collected maximum points with comfortable victories over struggling Sunderland and Burnley, scoring five goals without conceding.

The key figure has been Alexis Sanchez who has done his best to fill the void left by Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud through injury. The Gunners received a boost with the arrival of Danny Welbeck in a surprise deadline-day transfer from Manchester United but even better news for Arsenal fans was the return of Theo Walcott.

The England International only played the last ten minutes against Burnley but was on long enough to warm the hands of keeper Tom Heaton with a stinging drive. The 25-year-old has been absent since January when he picked up a serious knee injury against Tottenham in the FA Cup. It was a bitter blow for Walcott because it also ruled him out of England?s World Cup squad.

The clash between loyalty to your club and International duty has been a bone of contention this year but Wenger is not ruling out a swift return to England for Walcott. Coach Roy Hodgson was involved in a tetchy exchange with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers over an injury to striker Daniel Sturridge. Wenger feels it would be beneficial were Walcott to join the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly against Scotland this month.

The coach has made it clear that Walcott will need time to recover his fitness and will only be used sparingly in his first few games. The Gunners are involved in the Champions League and have some very important Premier League matches coming up. Within the next month, they face Manchester United and Walcott?s old club Southampton who recently dumped them out of the Capital One Cup.

Chile striker Alexis Sanchez is in fantastic form at present and has taken the attention away from Welbeck in recent games. With the prospect of Giroud returning later in the season, Arsenal will have an interesting array of attacking options. If they can remain unbeaten through November and into December, they could yet be in a position to launch an assault on the Premiership title next year.