Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is adamant that he will not rush England international winger Theo Walcott’s return from injury.
Wenger revealed there was “a chance”, albeit perhaps slim, the former Southampton trainee will start at the head of the frontline on Sunday against Chelsea.
However, it is a role which the Arsenal manager feels Walcott, with high hopes of making Fabio Capello’s squad for South Africa, will grow into naturally.
Wenger told reporters that every time he rushed Walcott back he has got injured again and now is ready to take his time to get the player completely 100 per cent fit to come back.
The manager added that Walcott can play central and that he is very conscious of that because of the quality of the player’s runs and the timing of his runs, the other part he can work on.
Wenger went on to say that he believe Walcott has all the assets to be a fantastic central player and the player needs to work on to play in this kind of position is the back to goal.
Wenger then said that at the moment Walcott’s strengths are central to the counter-attacking role rather than the distribution role and that is what he has to add to his game.