Walcott: How I coped with my spell on the sidelines.

Gunners forward Theo Walcott has revealed how he managed his rehabilitation during his nine-month recovery from injury.

Walcott had his first start of the season against Steve Bruce's Hull City, which Wenger's side won 2-0 at the Emirates to secure a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

And the England international explained how dealt with his time out on the sidelines.

Walcott told Arsenal Player: “You need to just come into training with a smile on your face, enjoy it and that’s all you can do.

“I remember when I had one of my injuries before, I came in down in the dumps and rehab seemed to take so much longer.

“You don’t want that, you want to come in and feel like you’re doing something each day. Even though it might be the same things at the start, you benefit when it comes to the end of it.

“I like to work week by week, so I forget about the big picture and the nine months. Week by week, hitting the goals and when you have achieved that, you can feel good about hitting something else.

“When I was first coming in, it was in the afternoon, which is a good thing because I was on crutches and the physios had to deal with the players that were fit at the time.

“I’d see the players go out and that was quite tough. Then I came in during the mornings and just doing that helped me feel I had a place back in the squad, so that was nice.”

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