Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated it is a foregone conclusion that Theo Walcott will start against Barcelona in the upcoming Champions League clash on Wednesday evening.
Wenger has indicated that he will be starting the 21-year-old against the Catalan giants in the first game of their round of 16 clash.
The Arsenal boss said: “He’s now a regular player in our team. Nobody wonders if he will play tomorrow or not, you know that I will start him. That has played a big part in his mind as well.”
Walcott has cemented himself in the Arsenal starting line-up, with Wenger impressed with the development his player has made.
“Theo has improved tremendously as a football player this year," Wenger told reporters.
"He is different in his links with the other players, his movement is sharper, his finishing is sharper.
“He looks like he’s less nervous and much more relaxed. For me in the last six months he’s made a big leap forward and improved tremendously.”
He added: “Because he was at the World Cup at the age of 17 everyone forgets he is only 21. At that age other players are just starting their careers.”