By Joe Brewin

Kieran Gibbs believes Theo Walcott is the best winger in the country at the moment. 

Walcott has enjoyed an excellent month on the flank for Arsenal, scoring his ninth goal of the campaign in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Gibbs himself enjoyed a rare strike in the win at Emirates Stadium and hailed his compatriot as the finest of his kind in England.

“For me, yes [he is the best winger in the country],” said the left back. “Put it this way, I wouldn't like to be coming up against him.

“I looked up to him quite a lot when he first came to the club, it is a pleasure and a joy to play with him. He is an outstanding player.

“He is one of my best friends and a top boy. He is a model pro, takes his work really seriously and is a really nice guy.”

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