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Arsene Wenger hints at first-team chance for benched Arsenal star

PUBLISHED: 07:25 09 April 2016

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring his side's equaliser against Leicester

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring his side's equaliser against Leicester

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Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott could soon earn his place back in the Arsenal first team.

Walcott has been reduced to a bit-part role with the Gunners for much of this season despite making a strong start as a central striker.

He kept Olivier Giroud out of the side for the first few months of the campaign but after an injury and loss of form he has started just one game since the end of February.

Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi have come into the side and are occupying the attacking positions that Walcott would be playing in, and although the pair are playing well enough to keep their places Wenger insists things can change quickly.

“He works very hard and puts in the effort in training,” Wenger said. “At the moment for him and Giroud it is a bit more difficult but that is part of the competition. He understands that and in our job things can change very quickly from one week to the next.

“It has not happened for him as well as you could have expected. He had good periods but recently he has gone through a more difficult one. He will come back.

“He wants to play on the right and through the middle. You have to fix yourself somewhere but when he doesn’t play through the middle he thinks maybe it is better on the right.

“At some stage I fixed him through the middle because of the quality and intelligence of his runs and the quality of his finishing. On the flanks today you have to work very hard defensively. He is a striker who can play through the middle or the right.”

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