Theo Walcott only needs four more goals to match his best single-season tally for Arsenal.

The England forward has already found the net 17 times and is closing in on his 2012/13 record but despite his form in front of goal, Arsène Wenger has been most impressed with how well Walcott has developed his all-round game this season.

“He has become more of a complete player, more efficient,” Wenger said. “He does better in the tactical part of his game and works hard defensively and offensively. He has been less injured as well, that helps.

“He has turned up in big games as well, he can score goals in big games. He showed that against Bayern, he scored the goal and I think it was a penalty on him, which shows he can influence games.

“The major quality of Theo is the quality of his receptions. That means he gets the ball in areas where he is extremely dangerous and that is a very intelligent part of a football player.

“He is a focused player and was not picked for the European Championship. In life you always try to get to the next level when things don't go for you or you think you do everything right and continue to live like you did before.

"He had the right response. He said, ‘What do I need to do to get higher up?' and he did it.”

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source
Max Jones 16 Mar 2017