Arsene Wenger says he’s been impressed with Theo Walcott’s hard work this season, as he gets himself ‘back in shape’.
However, we’re not quite sure what he’s coming from back from, having not been injured, simply left out of the starting line up.
The move to a back three towards the end of last season has seriously restricted the 28 year old’s appearances for the club but he has three goals to his name this season, one in the Carabao Cup and two in the last Europa League game in Belarus.
“He had a very good game at BATE,” Wenger told the Evening Standard. “He looks back to a very good shape.
“I felt it took him some time to come back to his real level. He had a difficult start, maybe, but since the start of the season he looks highly motivated and focused.
“I am impressed with what he is doing and the way he’s coping with the situation.”
It sounds more like a manager talking up a peripheral player ahead of a game than much else, but if Walcott can bang in another couple of goals tonight, there won’t be too many complaints.