It is hard to think of an Arsenal player who has made a greater impact in his first 27 minutes of top-flight football than Theo Walcott.

In two cultured cameos, the 17-year-old has created two goals, 60,000 admirers and a buzz everytime he touched the ball. Walcott is an adaptable talent. Last Saturday he took over on the left flank, while on Wednesday his cross for the winner came from the right. The player himself has suggested he fancies his long-term future through the middle. His manager agrees.

"Thierry Henry and Theo could be a dream partnership," said Wenger. "It's down to him to achieve that now. He's still growing but I don't think he will become taller. He'll become stronger however. I think he will become a stocky type, a bit like Sylvain Wiltord physically with strong legs and lots of power.

"At the moment I feel his best position is as a wide player in a 4-3-3 or a central player in a 4-4-2. He will always need a guy who's strong alongside him so he can make the runs from deeper."

Despite the favourable impression he has made in his first two games, it seems Walcott may have to wait a little longer for a full game.

"I don't know if he will start [against City on Saturday]," said Wenger. "He's not far away from me giving him that opportunity. But he was behind physically at the start of the season so I don't think he's ready to play 90 minutes yet."

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25 Aug 2006