Theo Walcott's mental strength and dedication will help him come back stronger from the knee injury that has ended his season and ruled him out of the World Cup, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.
"Theo is handling it as well as you can when you have had such a shock because he's mentally strong, he's very balanced as a person and he can put it into perspective," Wenger told the club website (www.arsenal.com).
"We know that he will have the dedication and the serious attitude to come back as strong as ever."
The Arsenal and England forward is out for six months after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Saturday's FA Cup third-round win over north London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal, who visit Aston Villa on Monday, hold a one-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
While Wenger is disappointed to lose the 24-year-old, he is confident he will make a full recovery. He said he felt Walcott was getting back to his very best at the time of his injury.
"We lost a very talented player, a very intelligent player and a player who was just grabbing his form again," he said.
"From game to game he became more influential, you've seen a complete player. He can always decide a game through a final ball or through a goal.