Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praises 'passionate' Theo Walcott

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring their first goal

The Arsenal forward has scored six goals in his last five games as he looks to improve the consistency in his game.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring their first goalArsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring their first goal against Swansea

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger paid tribute to Theo Walcott in his pre-match press conference commending the forward for his passion and desire.

As reported by The Mirror, Wenger praised Walcott for his all-round game after seeing the much-maligned winger score seven times already this season.

The 27-year-old has only hit double figures three times in his Arsenal career and has often frustrated the Emirates with his lack of finishing and poor decision-making.

But he looks on course to try and eclipse his previous best of 21 goals scored in a season as he's starting to show the form that once made him one of England's hottest prospects before moving to The Gunners over 10 years ago.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring their first goal Alexis SanchezArsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring their first goal Alexis Sanchez

Walcott should have had more than the two goals he bagged in the 3-2 win over Swansea City last weekend, spurning countless chances to walk away with the match ball.

But Wenger was pleased with the application the former Southampton prodigy showed and thinks Walcott is playing at the very top of his game.

“He lets the passion come out of his body," he said ahead of their Champions League game with Ludogrets. "He plays with more freedom, lets his heart feelings come out.

"He is less calculating. He plays with more desire. He is less restricted.”

Arsenal's Theo WalcottArsenal's Theo Walcott

Walcott's future at Arsenal was in doubt over the summer having lost his place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016 over a lack of playing time last season.

After initially expressing his desire to feature as a central striker for Wenger, his lack of consistency in that position saw his manager abandon that plan and continue to play Walcott out wide with Alexis Sanchez taking his place.

Yet Walcott has hit the ground running this season as he looks to prove a point and save his Gunners career, but Wenger never wanted to let him leave in the transfer window in the first place.

“I have not spoken to anybody because I was not ready to let him go," he told reporters.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott after the matchArsenal's Theo Walcott after the match

 

 

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