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Published on Dec 23, 2012
 

Wenger backs Walcott as Arsenal spearhead

 
 

WIGAN, United Kingdom (AFP) - The jury is still out on Theo Walcott as a striker, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not about to jump to conclusions on the strength of a couple of games.

The England international and his team-mates have an unexpected Christmas break, a strike on the London Underground train network having forced the postponement of Wednesday's London derby against West Ham.

It gives Wenger the best part of a week to consider Walcott's role in the second half of a season that is suddenly shaping up well for Arsenal in the wake of their shock League Cup defeat by fourth-tier side Bradford City, albeit on penalties.

The Gunners have since won 5-2 at Reading and claimed a somewhat fortuitous 1-0 victory over Wigan on Saturday, courtesy of a questionable penalty award.