Arsene Wenger has praised Theo Walcott with the winger in a rich vein of form having scored three goals in his last two games for the Gunners.
The 27-year-old was the match-winner on Wednesday scoring both goals as Arsenal saw off FC Basel in the Champions League to move to the top of the group. Walcott is now the club’s joint top scorer, alongside Alexis Sanchez, with five goals already.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Burnley on Sunday, Wenger told the pre-match press conference why he believed Walcott was back to his best.
“I think Walcott has added something to his game,” he said. “First by big resolution before the season started by putting a big effort into his preparation and he transfers that now into the game. When he plays like that I understand why the fans love him because I do as well.
“What the fans want is total commitment. You can understand you cannot score two or three goals in every game. As long as he has this kind of attitude they will love him.”
Having been restored to the right wing, Walcott appears to have struck up a superb relationship with Sanchez up front and Wenger acknowledged the team has found a great balance.
“It looks like we have moved forward in the quality of our game,” he added. “It’s down to we have found a good balance between attacking and defending.
“Our drive is to always go forward. The team has more belief in the way we want to do things but we have to take care of that and keep the focus very high.”
Arsenal face Burnley on Sunday and on current form it is difficult to see past an away win. Sanchez and Walcott have scored four of the Gunners’ last five goals and will fancy their chances of adding to that tally against the newly-promoted side.