By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes Theo Walcott is recovering his form after a brief dip over Christmas.

Walcott has been a virtual ever-present for Arsenal so far this season and is second to only Aaron Ramsey in the outfield Premier League appearances list.

The England winger missed the Wolves game in December through illness and was not at his best immediately after his return - but Wenger believes Walcott has put that behind him.

“I think he is coming back now,” said the Frenchman. “He had a dip over Christmas.

“I found people were a bit harsh on him at Swansea because in the first half he looked dangerous to me. In the second half he scored the goal and having seen the game again he created some dangerous situations.

“That was not the case at Fulham, for example. In training I think he is on the way up again.

“The expectation level in England is very high for him because he started at the age of 16. But I still feel he has improved a lot this season. I am confident [that he will sign a new deal] yes, but let's see.”

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