Arsene Wenger hopes his Arsenal hitman can keep firing in the goals.
Ahead of the Gunners’ Champions League clash with Bulgarian side Ludogorets tonight (8.45pm), Theo Walcott has scored seven goals in all competitions.
And Wenger says it’s down to the 27-year-old playing with more heart and instinct.
The boss insists: “He lets the passion come out of his body. He plays with more freedom, lets his heart feelings come out.
“He is less calculating. He plays with more desire and is less restricted.”
But the Frenchman is also looking to give last season’s top Gunner, Olivier Giroud, a chance after the France striker returned to top fitness following an extended break due to the Euros and Walcott’s great form.
Wenger adds: “He is an important player. The squad is not 11, we are 25 players and everybody will contribute.
“What sometimes looks permanent in October is completely revolutionised in December.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Francis Coquelin says the game is “massively important” to their hopes of topping the group and ensuring they get a favourable draw for knockout stages,
Coquelin says: “We’re all conscious of that. It’s a massive game, especially as it is at home.
“We know we’re going to have two more tough games away too, against Ludogorets and Basel, plus a home game against Paris Saint-Germain.”