Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has hailed England forward as the ‘most dangerous’ wideman in Europe despite not starting a game for the Gunners since March.

Theo Walcott scored in Arsenal’s 4-0 win at Hull City two months ago but the 27-year-old has been sidelined with injury since then.

But as he prepares to return to action this weekend against relegated Aston Villa, Wenger believes Walcott remains a real threat for Premier League defenders.

“The quality of his runs are the best I have seen,” Wenger said in his pre-match press conference.

“The quality of his movement around the box, when you play against deep lying defenders or go on the counter attack is completely top.

“When you dominate the midfield, Walcott always becomes very dangerous.

“The problem is when you do not dominate the midfield he is not the player who comes and takes the ball and plays a passing game. His game is the quality of the runs and for that you need to dominate the midfield to make him dangerous.”

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