By Chris Harris

Theo Walcott is now a more efficient footballer, according to Arsène Wenger.

The 21-year-old has been one of Arsenal's stand-out performers this season. He made a flying start to the campaign with four goals in three games and has gradually rediscovered that form after suffering an injury on international duty in September.

Walcott scored his tenth goal of the season at West Ham on Saturday and set up two for Robin van Persie in the same game. What's more, it was his impact that helped peg back Leeds United to earn tonight’s FA Cup replay against the Yorkshire club.

Ahead of that game, Wenger praised the young forward's growing maturity on the pitch.

"His efficiency has improved, if you look at the number of games he has started and the number of goals he has scored," said the manager.

"He is efficient in providing and scoring and his understanding of the game has certainly, vastly improved."

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