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Arsenal boss defends Theo Walcott after loss of form

Wenger backs Walcott to return to form  (©GettyImages)
Wenger backs Walcott to return to form (©GettyImages).

Theo Walcott has suffered a recent loss of form and two goalless months at Arsenal.

He is also currently sidelined due to a groin grievance, but the injury is apparently nothing serious and he’ll be back on the pitch before long.

Walcott is Arsenal’s top scorer this season and his goal tally currently stands at 18 in all competitions. But it seems, since signing his new contract at the Emirates, that the speedy winger has lost that goal-scoring edge.

Some have accredited the slump to Walcott having become complacent with the lucrative new deal he penned. However, Wenger believes that the dip in form is temporary and has nothing to do with the player’s new contract.

The Frenchman told reporters: "I don't believe that. If he didn't play well and had not signed a contract, then people would say the opposite.

"I don't think that is linked, especially with the fact that he has signed a contract or not. Because you can say as well he is more secure, he can express himself.

"At Bayern he didn't have the greatest game, but he still brought the goal. He will come back."

Wenger will need Walcott to recover the form he showed earlier in the season if the Gunners is going to make a late rush for the top four, especially with limited options in attack.

Fortunately, Gervinho has finally started to show what Wenger initially saw in him when he signed the Ivorian for £11m last season - performing well in the last two matches and scoring in both. He made a particularly good showcasing of his talents against Reading, scoring and assisting and constantly troubling the defence with darting runs and telling passes.

Hopefully Gervinho’s good run lasts until Walcott can recuperate and return to the form that terrorised opposition defenders earlier in the season.

Wenger seems to trust that the winger will step up, and hopefully the other players in his arsenal will fill the gap until then. 

 

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