Arsene Wenger says that as long as Theo Walcott can stay injury free, he can improve on what have been a frustrating number of seasons for England international.
Between positional uncertainty, inconsistency, and injuries which have seen him in and out of the team, it has been an unhappy period for the 27 year old.
This season though, he has a goal and an assist to his name, and he looked much more effective yesterday – particularly when he could benefit from incisive passing from deep which allows him to use his pace.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game, the manager said, “I said before the season started that we will get a different Theo Walcott this year. If he can maintain that focus, that desire and that fighting attitude then he will have a great season.
“I hope he has no setback because he is an intelligent player, he is focused and has a great desire to prove his critics wrong and he’s on a good way.”
Walcott himself spoke about the team performance and insisted Arsenal could have really put Watford to the sword.
“It could’ve been a lot more,” he said. “It really could’ve been, especially in the first half like you say. But we all really worked hard defensively today.
“Leicester, keeping a clean sheet today, I felt that the whole team worked really hard. We wanted a reaction today, we’ve trained well throughout the whole week and hopefully now everyone can go to the international break and hopefully come back fit.
“We don’t want to get carried away. It’s only three games in, but it’s a good stepping stone. We’ve got a long way to go yet. We know there’s going to be points won in games everywhere, but like I said, the international break has probably come at a bad time for us really.
“But I’m sure we will bounce back from it when we come back.”