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Wilshere, Walcott set for Arsenal return

Created on 11 Apr., 2013 4:48 PM GMT

Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are both expected to return from injury against Norwich City on Saturday.

Wilshere has been out of action for just under six weeks since aggravating an ankle injury during the north London derby defeat at the beginning of March, and it had been feared that he could be out for the rest of the season.

However, the 21-year-old has been undergoing a special rehabilitation program at the club's new medical centre in Colney, and is now ahead of schedule to return to the first team.

Walcott has been sidelined since injuring his hip whileaway on duty with England last month, but is now ready to be involved alongside his fellow international for Norwich's visit to the Emirates.

"Jack has joined normal training since Wednesday and Theo should join in tomorrow. They are 90 percent available for Saturday," Wenger said on Thursday.

There is less positive news concerning the fitness of Tomas Rosicky, who scored both goals in last weekend's victory over West Brom, with the club confirming he is expected to miss out.

"The other uncertainty we have from last Saturday is Tomas Rosicky, who has a little hamstring irritation," Wenger added.

"His involvement is yet to be decided as well but it's fair to say that he is a big doubt for Saturday."

Meanwhile, Wenger praised Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen for his 'remarkable' reaction to being left out of the side in recent weeks.

The Belgian defender was handed the captain's armband following Robin van Persie's departure in the summer, but has struggled to recapture his best form this season and has been on the bench for the last four games, with the Gunners winning every one.

However, his manager has been thoroughly impressed with the centre-back's reaction to being dropped.

"He took it in a remarkable way (when he lost his place)," Wenger said.

"He is a great man and I didn't make him captain by coincidence.

"I knew there is something mentally special there. He responds in positive situations and in less positive situations like when you don't play.

"They know there could be rotation with the three centre-backs from the start of the season, depending on good and less good periods of any individual player.

"He took that remarkably well."

The skipper is expected to return to the starting line-up for Saturday's game against Norwich in place of the suspended Per Mertesacker, who was sent off in last weekend's win at West Brom.

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