By Adam Clark

Arsène Wenger believes Theo Walcott stands out from most young footballers - because he takes everything in his stride.

The 17-year-old impressed on his first Arsenal start in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Watford and the Gunners boss says the youngster's approach to football is so laid back it's unusual.

"He is a strange boy because nothing seems to faze him," said Wenger. "He is now at the level where he can refuse a pass to a big player and decide to do something else so that shows personality. Also once he is in a position to finish a chance, he will try and do exactly that.

"He is still too young to be exposed to too much pressure and I still want to see what his position can be. I am confident we will find that out this season.

"It was important for him to start a match. You never forget your first game and that shows that we believe in him. It is fine being told that we feel he will become a great player but he wants to see that we trust him to start. That is done now so he knows that can be in the team again.

"At the moment people are looking for hope with the English national team. There is a lot of expectation on him. But you can't cheat people: they get vibes from players and they feel that with Theo."

It was Wenger who gave glowing feedback of the current Under-21 starlet to Sven Goran Eriksson ahead of England's ill-fated World Cup campaign. The Arsenal manager has seen no change in Walcott's attitude, despite his lack of involvement in Germany.

"He is still very young but he is also very level-headed and he analysed what happened to him during the summer very well. He is exactly the same after the World Cup as he was before. I knew he would cope with that situation.

"Thierry [Henry] also started his career at 17-and-a-half, at this time of year, so they are exactly the same in that respect," the Frenchman added.

"Nobody expected Thierry to do well but he played. They are comparable because Thierry was also dangerous in certain situations at that age but he had to become more involved in the general play."

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16 Oct 2006