Arsene Wenger has praised Theo Walcott’s ability to score goals.

The forward scored twice against BATE Borisov, bringing his season’s tally up to three.

Despite not being a first team regular anymore, Walcott has proven that he can still score goals. Wenger believes it’s his biggest strength as a player.

“I believe his strength is to score goals,” Wenger told

“He can score goals, he’s a good finisher. He had two or three more chances but as long as the team played well he had plenty of chances.

“He has a good quality, it’s the timing of his runs and the quality of his runs. He goes into areas where he is dangerous.”

Walcott can frustrate when he isn’t on top form. He can time his runs too late and often stay offside, and sometimes waste a good position with a poor finish or a poor decision.

However, he’s always been a useful player to have in the squad for his ability to pop-up with goals even when he isn’t heavily involved in a game.

With injuries to Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil, Walcott could be set for more first-team minutes in the Premier League.

He hasn’t been a regular in the Premier League since the change in formation last March.

Before then, he was a starter on the right of the attack and having a prolific campaign. He ended that season with 19 goals, the second highest total of his career.

With opportunities this season set to be limited, Walcott will need to take every chance to come his way if he still has aspirations of being a first team regular and to play for England.

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