Arsene Wenger: Theo Walcott's quality of runs are the best I've seen

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Theo Walcott has become something of a punch line amongst football fans following another underwhelming Arsenal campaign.

The England international started the season brightly in his favoured lone striker role but has since faded into obscurity, falling out of favour and scoring just two Premier League goals in 2016.

Rumours now suggest he could be on the move this summer, with a £25 million transfer to West Ham reportedly on the cards.


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The threat he possesses is undeniable yet Walcott has been unable to best utilise his pace and finishing ability.

Arsene Wenger recognises this fact and believes the winger is the best he has ever - that’s right, ever - seen when it comes to making runs in behind.

He told Arsenal’s official website: “The quality of his runs are the best I have seen.

“The quality of his movement around the box, when you play against deep-lying defenders or go on the counter-attack is completely top.

“When you dominate the midfield, Walcott always becomes very dangerous. The problem is when you do not dominate the midfield he is not the player who comes and takes the ball and plays a passing game.

“His game is the quality of the runs and for that you need to dominate the midfield to make him dangerous.”

So let’s get this straight. Wenger has seen the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry play yet he believes Walcott is the best he’s seen at making runs.

If that was the case, he'd probably have more than five Premier League goals this season.

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