Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott’s change of attitude has seen the wideman rejuvenated at Arsenal this season.
Walcott scored just five Premier League goals last season after he was handed a chance in the central strikers role and he became the victim of large sections of the supporters for his lack of progress. But the 27-year-old has been restored to the right wing this season and he scored the second goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 rout of Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday.
That has taken his tally to three goals already this term and his efforts against their London rivals were applauded by fans and manager alike.
“I think you cannot question his performance,” Wenger said of Walcott. “I believe more the change of Theo Walcott is his attitude this season.
“He’s ready to fight, commit and you know that straightaway he gets the crowd behind him. Theo Walcott of that stature is a completely different player.”
Team-mate Hector Bellerin also had some glowing praise for Walcott, who must be hoping he has done enough to get back into the England frame.
“Sometimes when you’re getting games regularly that helps a player’s confidence as well,” Bellerin told the Evening Standard after assisting Walcott’s goal. “We’ve been playing together in the right side for the last few weeks and it’s a partnership that we both enjoy.
“We understand each other a lot and I think that shows on the pitch. It’s great fun to play with him.”