Theo Walcott has been firmly backed by his manager ahead of the North London derby…
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described Theo Walcott as one of the best players in the world, with the pacey forward likely to feature this weekend as the Gunners take on Tottenham in the North London derby.
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The game will be Walcott’s 200th Premier League appearance, and will come against the side he injured his cruciate knee ligament against last season; an injury that lead to a lengthy lay-off.
Wenger however, who was quoted by the Daily Mirror, believes the player is now back at his best, saying: “Theo’s first quality is the quality of his reception. The timing of his runs, and the area of where he gets the ball.
“The timing and the movement is absolutely exceptional – one of the best in the world, with the timing of his movement and where he goes.
“When I say quality of receptions, it’s the area where he will get the ball. In that, he is certainly top, top, top, because he has the pace behind it as well. I think he is not completely there yet. It’s normal because he’s been out for a year but you can see week after week, he gets better.
“I think just before he was injured, he was the best Theo I have ever seen. He had a good balance between being physical, using his pace, and the quality of his finishing had improved tremendously. When he scored the goal on Sunday against Villa, you can see he’s a great finisher now.”
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