By Matt Bullin
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised Theo Walcott, claiming the 28-year-old has what it takes to be a future England captain.
Walcott captained Arsenal as they thrashed West Ham 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Walcott all found the net in the match which saw Arsenal win their first Premier League match since February.
The victory ended a run of three matches without a win for Wenger’s side as they lost to West Brom and Liverpool and drew with Manchester City.
It also left them in fifth place, before a Manchester United win today saw them lead-frog Wenger’s side.
Arsenal now sit sixth, level on points with seventh placed Everton, though the Gunners have three games in hand on the Toffees.
Speaking in the Guardian, Wenger said of Walcott’s leadership qualities: “He doesn’t compromise with what he thinks is important. When I have meetings with players he speaks his mind.”
Wenger even alluded to the fact Walcott could be seen as a viable candidate to captain England, who he has 47 caps and eight goals for.
He said: “If you can captain a club team you can captain the national team, it’s similar.”
Walcott is enjoying his best season for Arsenal in front of goal since he signed from Southampton 11 years ago.
The wide man has 19 goals in his 32 league and cup appearances, as well as two assists.
Next up for Arsenal is a home match with Crystal Palace on Monday night as they continue in their quest for a top-four finish – although Wenger is yet to name his captain for the tie.
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