By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger is confident Theo Walcott will respond well on the pitch after missing out on England's World Cup squad last month.
The 21-year-old was included in Fabio Capello's initial 30-man squad but was dropped when that side was trimmed to 23 for the trip to South Africa.
Wenger spoke to Walcott at the time and the Arsenal manager is confident the striker will respond well to the disappointment.
"Theo is committed in training," said the Frenchman after Saturday's pre-season friendly at Barnet. "He has always shown that when he is in trouble or not rated as much he should be, he responds well on the pitch.
"I called him when he was not picked [in England's final World Cup squad], and tried to help him focus on the future. He is a young boy and has it all in front of him."