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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has raved about Everton-owned Southampton forward Theo Walcott, as quoted in Football.London.

Arteta played with Walcott at Arsenal, and the Spaniard will come up against the Englishman this weekend.

The Gunners will take on Premier League rivals Southampton away from home at St. Mary’s Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

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Arteta told Football.London: “Well I think he looks really good this season that’s for sure. He’s played a lot of minutes. He scored against us a very typical Theo Walcott goal when he played at the Emirates.

“He was a teammate of mine, a great lad and I’m happy that he’s doing well because he’s gone through some difficult periods with some really bad injuries as well and he deserves that.”

How has Theo Walcott fared since Arsenal exit?

Arsene Wenger, then in charge of Arsenal, sold Walcott to Everton in January 2018 for a transfer fee reported by The Telegraph to be worth £20 million.

Walcott showed glimpses of his calibre at Everton, but the England international could not really make an impact and struggled to hold his place in the team under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

However, the 31-year-old has been doing well for the Saints this season, having joined them on loan from Everton in the summer of 2020.

According to WhoScored, the England international has scored two goals and provided three assists in 13 Premier League matches for Southampton so far this season.

Walcott is getting back to his best at Southampton, and he will be a threat against his old club Arsenal this weekend.

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