Arsene Wenger hails faithful Theo Walcott

The Arsenal boss has stated the England international has matured over the years.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Theo Walcott’s loyalty to the North London club and has stated that the versatile attacker has matured during his time with the Gunners, reported by The Mirror.

The England international moved to the Emirates Stadium outfit as a youngster from Southampton, with the flying attacker’s career blossoming with Arsenal.

Walcott has been linked with an exit from the North London outfit on a number of occasions, but has opted to stay with the Gunners over the years.

With his contract running down recently and reported interest elsewhere, the Englishman could have left Wenger’s men but opted to renew his terms with the title-chasing side.

The French boss has stated that Walcott should be commended for staying faithful to Arsenal and that he has developed over the years.

“Of course he had to go through bad injuries and disappointments and I believe he is a man today, a man who knows what he wants and has been faithful to our club - it was a great signing,” Wenger is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

“He has become very mature, he has gone through difficult periods so he is a very strong man.

“He is a man today, when he arrived here he was a boy, a little boy who discovered a world where he did not know anything about it.”

Despite renewing his terms, Walcott has found first-team football hard to come by so far this season, with Olivier Giroud starting both Premier League fixtures as the team’s furthest man forward.

Walcott has made his desire to play as a number nine clear, but has limited opportunities to do so under Wenger.

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