Arsenal great Ian Wright says that Theo Walcott could play a major part this season after returning from injury.
Walcott has almost the entirety of 2014 with a knee problem, but he is back in business now and made his competitive comeback against Burnley at the weekend.
Although Walcott didn't cap off his comeback with a goal, Wright was still delighted to see him back on the pitch, and feels that the England international can add a lot to the Gunners' squad now he's back.
"I'm delighted Theo is back," Wright said to Sky Sports. "He's been missed. I hope they don't rush him and make sure he's right so he can be at full capacity. He could be a major part of what Arsenal want to do this season."
Talks have emerged today that Walcott could be set to land a new deal to secure his future at the Emirates, and Wright thinks that the 25-year-old should sign it.
The former Arsenal striker believes that it is more appealing for top players to commit to Arsenal for the long-term because of the quality that they have.
"I think now the climate is better for him, with all the better players they have now there," Wright said. "It's a better team to pledge your future to. It would be great if Theo signs again."
Walcott provides Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with another option to add to an attacking line-up which is already one of the most threatening in the entire division.
The jet-heeled forward joins the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez as players who possess pace to stretch defences, and he should help the more creative players in the team thrive with the increased space that they will receive.
The Gunners have started the season slowly, winning just three times in their first nine league games, but a 3-0 victory over Burnley has boosted their confidence somewhat and they will be looking to retain their current position in the top-four for the remainder of the season.