Walcott’s likely to feature at some point next week against Sunderland. The pacy winger played 45 minutes in an under-21 game on Friday after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury.
Wilshere has commended Walcott saying he is a ‘dream’ for a midfielder and praised the Englishman’s movement.
The impact of Walcott’s return to the team cannot be underestimated, we are more dangerous with him in our side. Even Pep Guardiola and Messi have admitted to fearing the Englishman’s pace when Arsenal met Barcelona some years back.
Wilshere says Walcott is one of the best at making runs in behind:
He gives us something different – he gives us pace. I know we’ve got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who gives us pace but Theo gives you something different without the ball.
I’ve never played with someone before who times their runs so perfectly and keeps doing it, time after time. It’s tough in a game to repeat those sprints 15 or 20 times but he does it, and it’s a dream for a midfielder.
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People questioned his finishing before but he’s improved so much. He can run in behind and he’s good on the ball, he’s improved that too. When you get someone back of Theo’s quality it’s going to give everyone a boost.
He’s got physically stronger and he looks quicker than he did before – that might seem impossible but he does. He’s done a lot of work on his quads and his power so he’s going to come back fine.
Wilshere is quite right, Walcott is our quickest winger and he is the one who wants ball played into space unlike other Arsenal players who want the ball at their feet. The irony at the moment is we have so many quick players but none to take control of the game and feed in the runners. Where is Ozil when you need him? Wilshere needs to step up and fill the void.