Arsenal star: Theo Walcott looks even quicker than before

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere believes that Theo Walcott looks even quicker now than he did prior to his injury.

Jack Wilshere says that Theo Walcott is even quicker than before, as he edges closer to a return from injury.

Walcott played in an Under-21 fixture last week and is nearing being ready for selection for the first team.

The England international has missed nearly the entirety of 2014 so far after picking up a knee injury in January, and Wilshere says he is looking forward to his return.

Although the Gunners have ample pace in the side already, Wilshere believes that Walcott's return will give them a new attacking dimension.

“He gives us something different - he gives us pace,” Wilshere said to the club's official site. “I know we’ve got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who gives us pace but Theo gives you something different without the ball.

“I’ve never played with someone before who times their runs so perfectly and keeps doing it, time after time. It’s tough in a game to repeat those sprints 15 or 20 times but he does it, and it’s a dream for a midfielder.

“People questioned his finishing before but he’s improved so much. He can run in behind and he’s good on the ball, he’s improved that too. When you get someone back of Theo’s quality it’s going to give everyone a boost.

“He’s got physically stronger and he looks quicker than he did before - that might seem impossible but he does. He’s done a lot of work on his quads and his power so he’s going to come back fine.”

Arsenal have made a disappointing start to the campaign, and they need to improve drastically if they are to meet expectations this season.

Although most of their problems so far have been in defensive areas, Walcott's return should help  them carry more of a goal-threat and stretch the play more for their creative outlets. 

Wilshere is one of those players who can thrive with added room to play in and, as a result, Walcott's inclusion should help him more than most.

The rapid winger could make his comeback this week, when the side take on Anderlecht in the Champions League. 

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