Last Updated: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:57
Arsene Wenger has rebuffed claims Theo Walcott's attitude has become complacent since he signed a new contract to stay at Arsenal.
The Gunners boss has spoken out to defend the 24-year-old England international, who ended speculation about his future at the Emirates Stadium in January by signing a new a new three-year contract.
However, having scored 10 goals for Arsenal in 18 appearances in the first half of the season, Walcott has since gone off the boil with just one goal scored and it has led to suggestions that he has become complacent now his long-term future is settled.
But Wenger has hit back to insist that Walcott has not changed and his work-rate in games and training remains as high as before.
He told reporters: "I don't believe that. If he didn't play well and had not signed a contract, then people would say the opposite.
"I don't think that is linked, especially with the fact that he has signed a contract or not. Because you can say as well he is more secure, he can express himself.
"I don't see any difference in attitude in training. He is a guy who loves football, who stays after training, works on his finishing."
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