https://i0.wp.com/d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/reuters/20111203/17/2587670712-03122011174616.jpg?resize=274%2C206Theo Walcott has heaped some praise on teammate Gervinho.

The England international has been subject to criticism over his recent performances, but the former Southampton man has kept his level-headed attitude off the pitch by admitting that fellow winger Gervinho will be missed by the Gunners when he joins his country on duty at the African Cup of Nations later this month.

The arrival of Gervinho – who occupies the opposite flank – did not threaten Walcott’s place in the first team, and the Englishman claims the Ivorian’s addition was one of many quality signings Arsene Wenger made this summer.

According to Walcott, it is a different Arsenal team this year.

“Gervinho is someone we will miss slightly when he soon goes to the African Cup of Nations. He has showed some great ability at times.” Walcott said

“Yes, the squad is different from last year. There is a lot of experienced captains in the dressing room now. ” he added.

“There is Aaron (Ramsey) for Wales, Per (Mertesacker) who has played in World Cups and he’s only 26. Arteta has also been a great addition – he’s a great leader in the dressing – and Yossi Benayoun who has been a great addition.”

Despite seizing a starting place in the Arsenal line-up this season, Walcott has a tame goal scoring record to show for his 25 appearances which has seen him score just four goals.

Thus, the forward is aiming to improve his goal tally this calendar year.

“If there is one thing I want to do better in 2012, I would like to be up there scoring more goals regularly.” he said.

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