After an energetic performance by Theo Walcott against Watford and a precise assist for Alexis Sanchez’s goal, Arsene Wenger believes fans will see a different player this season.
“I said before the season started that we will get a different Theo Walcott this year,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “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.”
Wenger also confirmed that Walcott remains among his options for penalty-taking duties, despite Santi Cazorla taking over from the spot against Watford after Walcott missed against Liverpool.
“Look, I name three penalty takers before every single game,” Wenger said.
“I did not take Theo completely out of it, because he was number two.”
Wenger was pleased with Arsenal’s attacking play against the Hornets:
“We created chances and there was great movement. Overall I am very pleased with our first-half performance. Defensively we had a good game as well and I believe when everybody is on board physically for 90 minutes, we have a strong team.”