Arsene Wenger will be delighted with Arsenal star Theo Walcott’s comments in the London Evening Standard as he prepares to take on Italy with England.
Walcott only recently return from a long term knee injury and has struggled to force his way back into the first team as speculation over his future rolls on.
The Telegraph has reported that talks have begun over Walcott’s new deal with the player’s representatives thought to be pushing for a higher wage packet, but Wenger should be pleased to see the player focused on the football.
“I think if I’m given the opportunity I think that’s when I can show maybe what the team is missing, or get something out of it,” said Walcott.
“I just want to show what I can do and we’ll see where that takes me.”
“It’s not going to happen overnight, I’ve been out for a whole year. You still have to work hard in training and when you get the opportunity in games you want to do the best that you can.”
Walcott doesn’t sound like a player who is transfixed over contract issues and hopefully a good performance for England can help him work his way back into the team for the Gunners.
He will have half an eye on the game against Liverpool this weekend where his pace and drive out wide could make the different against one of Arsenal’s main rivals who are missing some key players.
The contract issues should take care of themselves if he plays well and wins games for both club and country on a consistent basis, utilising his best assets as a key attacking player.