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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: Theo Walcott could be fit for start of the Premier League campaign

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he is “hopeful” Theo Walcott will make the start of the Premier League season after discovering the winger’s ankle injury isn’t as bad as feared.

The Gunners forward was prematurely sent home from the club’s training camp in Germany for inspection into the injury that had kept him sidelined.

However, the French manager revealed Walcott will be back in contention in a week and a half.

“He could, we are hopeful,” Wenger said to reporters ahead of the Emirates Cup this weekend.

“It is better than expected. He is ten days out.”

Asked if Walcott could make the start of the season clash against Newcastle on August 13, Wenger replied: “He could, we are hopeful.”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: Theo Walcott could be fit for start of the Premier League campaign

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