Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Walcott Primed to Start against Slavia; in the Groove: Theo Walcott Showed He Was Back to His Best Form against Bolton

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Walcott Primed to Start against Slavia; in the Groove: Theo Walcott Showed He Was Back to His Best Form against Bolton

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Byline: MICHAEL HART

ARSENE WENGER is ready to draft Theo Walcott into the starting line-uptomorrow night when Arsenal bid to clinch a place in the knockout stages of theChampions League at Emirates Stadium.

The 18-year-old striker could be in the side to face Slavia Prague after hissparkling 30-minute appearance as a substitute helped Arsenal beat Bolton 2-0on Saturday.

Walcott, who replaced the disappointing Eduardo in the 62nd minute, isbeginning to rediscover the kind of form that won him a surprise call-up toSven-Goran Erikssons World Cup squad in Germany.

Signed from Southampton in January 2006, he made his Arsenal debut seven monthslater but his first full season was brought to an abrupt halt in March becauseof surgery on a long-standing shoulder injury.

Hes beginning to get back to something like his best, said Wenger today. Hesmade steady progress and at his age he can only improve in training. Theres apossibility that he will start tomorrow. …

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