The winger, 18 today, will undergo surgery soon on his troublesome shoulder. It will end a mixed season for Walcott. He has made some stunning cameo performances and, of course, scored his first goal for the club in the Carling Cup Final. However he has failed to get an established run in the side.
"Personally I think we didn't see enough of Theo because of his shoulder," said Wenger. "He was very, very promising before that. But we have just seen glimpses of him because the arm is important in football. Now, he wants to get it done.
"I gave him a choice with the Under-21s game. I asked: 'do you want to wait until this game' because the first a team plays at Wembley. He said 'I want to do it as quickly as possible'. Sometimes it pops out now in training. I feel he will be a great player but first he needs to get his shoulder right."
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