Arsene Wenger: 'Theo Walcott needs more match time'

Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates his second goal and Arsenal's fifth during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Arsenal and Slavia Prague on October 23, 2007
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Theo Walcott is not yet ready to return to action in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Theo Walcott needs more match time before he is ready to return to action with Arsenal in the Premier League.

The midfielder, who tore his ACL in January, was named on the bench for the Gunners' 2-0 win over Sunderland earlier today, but did not feature in the game.

The manager told reporters: "He is fit but lacks competition. Physically, he lacks contact in games and competition. Fitness-wise, there are no problems at all."

Walcott made his return to action in an Under-21s match against Blackburn Rovers earlier this month.

Theo Walcott of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2013
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