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Arsene Wenger backs Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere to impress for Gunners

Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal can benefit from the return to fitness of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he hopes Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere can play a big role for the club next season.

The duo have both struggled with injury problems in recent years, which has seen their long-term futures at the club called into question.

However, Wenger is confident that the duo are back to full fitness and can help fire the Gunners to success in the forthcoming campaign.

"The best way to strengthen other areas of the team is to get the players who did not play a lot last year and keep them fit," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"Walcott basically did not play until the end of the season, Wilshere has not played many games. Those two were very convincing at the end of the season so I hope that this season we can benefit from their participation and competitiveness.

"We lost Ozil and Giroud for long periods last year and they contributed a lot in the second part of the season. Let's hope all these players will be fit and available. After, if we can still add some quality, we will do it."

Walcott and Wilshere both played in Arsenal's FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa in May.

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