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The young Gunner is now in line to return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines...

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is set to return to first team training next week, after missing out on a considerable chunk of the Gunners' season through injury.

The England international has been absent from the Arsenal side since November, meaning he missed the busy Christmas period where the club's title challenge weakened, and he will now be hoping to make a big impact in both the Premier League and Champions League.

The 19-year-old had targeted a return from his shoulder injury in late February, and was hoping to play in Arsenal's Champions League tie with Roma at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, but he narrowly missed out on this aim.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated he will give the youngster a chance to return to training this week and see if it aggravates the injury.

"Theo will join in on normal training on Monday and then we will see how he behaves with challenges," Wenger told Setanta Sports.

The Arsenal team has suffered badly recently with injuries to key players, with Tomas Rosicky a long-term absentee and Francesc Fabregas out for the last month or so after damaging cruciate knee ligaments. Now, at last, the Spaniard, like Walcott, is on his way back to full fitness.

Nick Turner,