By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger admits he can understand Theo Walcott’s disappointment at his lack of football at the moment.

The England midfielder has had to settle for a place on the substitutes bench in recent weeks but came on to score a crucial goal against Partizan Belgrade in midweek.

Walcott started the season in spectacular fashion with a hat-trick against Blackpool and a goal at Blackburn before picking up an ankle injury while on international duty and since then has struggled to break into an Arsenal team that is going strong at the top of the Premier League.

His manager feels it is natural for a player of his ability to feel this way and says Walcott will play more in the coming weeks.

“Frankly I can understand that because for me Theo Walcott is doing well,” said Wenger. “For me he is not an impact player he is a regular player.

“At the moment he does not play as often as he should but he will play soon.

“In fairness, Theo is fantastic. His attitude and behaviour has been absolutely great. What do you expect from a player who is not playing?”

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12 Dec 2010