By Nick Teale
Theo Walcott might be polite, but according to Arsène Wenger that doesn't mean he isn't a fighter on the football pitch.
The striker had received criticism for his performance in England's 3-1 victory over Egypt last week. However, he hit back by scoring in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Burnley to cap an impressive performance on Saturday.
Speaking after the match, Wenger was asked if Walcott was "too nice". However, the Frenchman rejected that notion and insisted that Walcott is a battler.
"He is polite," said the manager. "But it does not mean he is nice. There is a difference.
"When someone is polite, that comes from education. Nice depends when you have things that matter for him and fight with him then you see how nice a guy he is.
"Theo is a fighter and you saw that on Saturday. His performance showed that. If he came out and felt sorry for himself and didn't try you would say he is not a fighter. But what you got this week it shows he is. A polite fighter."

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8 Mar 2010