Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is in no doubt that England forward Theo Walcott has the character to return "as strong as ever" from the knee injury which shattered his World Cup dream.

The 24-year-old is likely to be sidelined for six months after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage when making a tackle in the FA Cup third-round win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Walcott's loss is a major blow for both club and country, with the pacy forward set to have been a key part of England manager Roy Hodgson's plans in Brazil this summer.

Wenger, though, is confident Walcott's "balanced" personality can help recover fully from such a devastating setback.

"Theo is handling it as well as you can when you have had such a shock because he is mentally strong, is very balanced as a person and he can put it into perspective," Wenger said on Arsenal Player.