Wenger - Theo will come out stronger

14/15: Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa - Theo Walcott
Mesut Ozil

Arsene Wenger has backed Theo Walcott to return to his best over the coming months.

The Arsenal forward spent close to a year out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury and is gradually building up his form.

Walcott was used in an unfamiliar No 10 role for England in midweek and Wenger says it is not his most effective position.

“Theo’s strength is the quality of his movement, he wants to go and get on the end of things. He’s not a guy who provides,” the manager explained.

“People have a harsh judgement on him that is not deserved because he does well. For me, he is on course to come back.

“I don’t worry about Theo because he’s not completely there yet and I told you a few times that he has been out for a year with a very bad injury and he’s coming back.

“He is not fragile mentally, he is strong mentally. He has big confidence in himself and he has gone through some difficult periods in his life and he has always come out with strength.”

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