Arsène Wenger has praised Theo Walcott for sustaining his fine form while he waited to sign a new contract at the Club.
Walcott is Arsenal’s top scorer this season with 16 goals in all competitions, and Wenger thinks the England international has shown improvement in every aspect of his game - even before his future was resolved.
I couldn't fault him at all on any commitment on a professional level, even when his situation was not sorted out
“I think he was good before he signed his contract, personally,” Wenger said. “One thing I said even when he had not signed his contract is that he played always with the same focus and desire to win the games.
“I couldn't fault him at all on any commitment on a professional level, even when his situation was not sorted out.
“He is 23 years old and that's when Thierry started to score goals. He will be a goalscorer of course but I think what Theo has improved a lot is his teamwork. It has become much better.
“He has improved everywhere - his defensive game is better, his link play is better, his movement is fantastic and his finishing has improved a lot."
Walcott’s fine form in front of goal has led to comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, and Wenger can see similarities between the pair.
“When we are in the job we are in you are compared to people,” he said.
“I believe Theo is a very ambitious player and he will not be scared to be compared to a player like Thierry because he played for the same club, they have similar qualities. It's a good example to follow.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 25 Jan 2013