Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the club’s official website that he is not worried about the current form of Theo Walcott.
The England international has recently returned from a long-term anterior cruciate ligament injury and is gradually finding his feet in the Gunners’ first team.
Pressure is increasing on Walcott to step up his game as he is entering the final year of his contract, but Wenger does not seem to be too concerned with his form.
The Frenchman also insists that the 26-year-old should be played as a forward and not as a number 10, as he was for England against Italy in a friendly international in Turin earlier this week.
“Theo’s strength is the quality of his movement, he wants to go and get on the end of things,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “He’s not a guy who provides…
“I don’t worry about Theo because he’s not completely there yet and I told you a few times that he has been out for a year with a very bad injury and he’s coming back.
“He is not fragile mentally, he is strong mentally. He has big confidence in himself and he has gone through some difficult periods in his life and he has always come out with strength.”
Walcott’s progress over the years has been disrupted by injuries, which is why at 26 he is far from the player he could have become.
Gifted with pace, the Englishman is not even guaranteed a place in the Arsenal starting line-up.
Much of that has to do with the fact that the Gunners have a number of superb attacking players, but serious injuries over the years have not helped Walcott either.
Although Wenger seems to have complete faith in the former Southampton star, he still does not always play him from the start regularly.
If Walcott does not get to feature regularly, then how is he going to recover his form?