Theo Walcott is starting to make weighty contributions to Arsenal's cause and Arsène Wenger believes 2007 could be a big year for the 17-year-old winger.

The youngster came to the Club in a blaze of publicity last January. He did not figure until the following season but did go to the World Cup with England.

In truth Walcott is still a bit-part player at Arsenal - but the bits are becoming bigger all the time! His three Premiership starts have shown his potential and his Club manager believes the remainder of this term could be important for him.

"I feel 2007 is a big year for Theo," said Wenger. "He has made big steps forward already this season.

"What I like about him is, in every game, he is decisive and creates chances. He has played a few matches and done well, but, even more than that, in training he looks a different player to what he was six months ago.

"His power and personality in the game has improved so has his determination to pass people. Before it was only with pace, but now he forces the decision and shrugs people off.

"I must say he will be a candidate for England now. He is ready to handle that now. He has the personality and the intelligence. He will play more and more for us as well."

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22 Dec 2006