Gibbs: Walcott king of the wingers

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Theo Walcott is the best winger in the country at the moment, according to Arsenal teammate and close friend Kieran Gibbs.

The 23-year-old is enjoying an impressive run of form for Arsene Wenger's charges, helping the club to record seven consecutive victories in the Premier League.

Walcott netted his ninth goal of the season in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium, causing Gibbs - who also made a rare goalscoring contribution - to heap praise on the England international.

"For me, yes [he is the best winger in the country]," the left-back told Arsenal's official website. "Put it this way, I wouldn't like to be coming up against him.

"I looked up to him quite a lot when he first came to the club, it is a pleasure and a joy to play with him. He is an outstanding player.

"He is one of my best friends and a top boy. He is a model pro, takes his work really seriously and is a really nice guy."

Gibbs added that the Gunners' recent resurgence is down to the fact that the team has now started to gel together following a raft of summer signings.

Their form has lifted them to third in the Premier League table, and maintained their push for Champions League qualification.

"The team is playing really well at the moment, we have found some momentum and we want to keep that going," he continued. "We are all gelling together well.

"People don't realise that we had a lot of signings at the start of the season, and they have settled in really well. We have shown how we have gelled and we are all aware of each other qualities, so we just need to remain consistent."

Next up for Arsenal is an away trip to Loftus Road on Saturday, where they will face a Queens Park Rangers side looking to build on last weekend's victory over Liverpool as they continue their bid for Premier League survival.

However, after Wenger's men recorded seven consecutive league wins for the first time since October 2007, it should prove to be an entertaining encounter.

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