Theo Walcott
Walcott is close to a full Arsenal return against Swansea. Getty Images/ADRIAN DENNIS

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is fit to start the Premier League trip to Swansea City after missing the last nine months with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Walcott played 10 minutes of the 3-0 win over Burnley last weekend but didn't feature in the Champions League draw with Anderlecht in mid-week despite being named on the bench.

But Wenger says Walcott is fit to return for Arsenal from the start against Swansea and says the winger is free to join up with England for the double-header against Slovenia and Scotland.

"He [Walcott] is in the squad," the Arsenal manager said. "He can start if I decide to start him. He needs playing time.

"He is available, he has been chosen by England. He has been out for 10 months. To get back to the top, top level it will take time. Roy Hodgson is free to do what he wants"

Wenger also addressed the future of forward Joel Campbell, who has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium after making just one start this season, despite being promised increased opportunities.

Inter Milan are reportedly interested in the Costa Rica international but Wenger said: "I have a lot of respect for him and I hope he is happy every day he is here."

Arsenal return to the rigours of the Premier League following their 3-3 draw with Anderlecht, which saw the Gunners throw away a three-goal lead to draw with the Belgian champions.

"We can learn a lot from what happened," the French boss explained. "Subconsciously we thought the game was over and it rarely is.

"We are very positive inside the camp. We are not affected by negativity. We are not happy when we don't win but that's it."