Wenger convinced Walcott will have a great season

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Arsene Wenger says he’s sure Theo Walcott will be an effective attacking component for Arsenal this season, after the England international got a goal and an assist in the 3-2 win over Man City on Sunday.

After Walcott said he no longer wanted to be a striker, the Arsenal manager contradicted him and said he wouldn’t play him on the right hand side due to his defensive deficiencies.

So, he then brought him on on the right hand side against the Premier League rivals and was rewarded when Walcott set up Alex Iwobi for an equaliser then put the Gunners ahead after a slick interchange with Alexis Sanchez (see the goals here).

Speaking after the game, Wenger said, “I’ve said many times that we will get a strong season from Theo Walcott because he got hit hard and I saw how he responded.”

“He went through a very tough time not being at the Euros with England, and I observed him, saw how he responded and I am convinced that he will have a great season.”

Whether the 27 year old’s effectiveness from the right today will confuse matters further remains to be seen, but with no striking additions likely before the Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday, the fact that he’s made a good contribution against City is a positive.

Until such time as we bring back TGSTEL on deadline day, anyway.

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