Walcott has responded superbly upon getting his chance to play up front during the last two Arsenal games â€” key wins at Reading and Wigan which steadied the team after their shock Capital One Cup loss at Bradford.
"I like the signs I have seen," said Wenger. "It is an interesting challenge. I think he can take it on. I always said that one day he would play through the middle and it grew in his brain.
"He is now 23. I decided to play Thierry Henry at 23 through the middle because you have to learn a lot before.
"The fact that you play in other positions as well helps your technique. On the wing you need a shorter technique against the line, once you play in the middle you can go on both sides. From the age of 19 to 23, Theo has learnt a lot. Now we will sometimes play him on the flanks, sometimes through the middle.
"Letâ€™s not put him under too much pressure. He has played two games and you have to be open-minded in our job and give people a chance. If they take it, itâ€™s good. If they donâ€™t, he will still be a fantastic winger."