Theo Walcott has been firmly backed by his manager ahead of the North London derby…
Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is now nearing a return to full fitness after his lengthy injury lay-off. The 25-year-old limped off during last year’s North London derby, but is set to feature against Spurs on Saturday.
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Wenger, who was quoted by the Daily Mirror, said: “Theo’s first quality is the quality of his reception. The timing of his runs, and the area of where he gets the ball.
“The timing and the movement is absolutely exceptional – one of the best in the world, with the timing of his movement and where he goes.
“When I say quality of receptions, it’s the area where he will get the ball. In that, he is certainly top, top, top, because he has the pace behind it as well. I think he is not completely there yet. It’s normal because he’s been out for a year but you can see week after week, he gets better.
“I think just before he was injured, he was the best Theo I have ever seen. He had a good balance between being physical, using his pace, and the quality of his finishing had improved tremendously. When he scored the goal on Sunday against Villa, you can see he’s a great finisher now.”
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