Posted on Thursday, 27th September 2012 by Taaza
With all the good players we’ve let go over the years, its nice to see those that remain openly admit to loving the club and wanting to stay in hope of one day becoming a legend. One player who recently did this is out-of-favour Theo Walcott.
Arsene Wenger tipped Walcott to eventually play through the middle and mirror the successful transition made by Henry as well, with the 23-year-old England international saying ‘he couldn’t have had a better mentor’ than the French legend.
Theo went on to say:
‘I have watched videos in the past and I had the best thing training with him and the opportunity to play with him.
‘I have not kept in contact with him at all he has more important things to cope with, but he will always be in my heart.
‘I will always look up to him and you never know, one day he might return to Arsenal.
‘I was lucky enough to learn from him. If he does come back, it would be great for the club.’
‘Everyone has talked about us.
‘If I do half it is a great achievement, but I want to be my own player and want to learn from the best.’
Well Walcott has one thing right – who better to learn from than ‘The King’ himself.
But I don’t really see him playing through the middle in the future for Arsenal. He’s not a natural goal-scorer in my opinion. His decisions at times can leave people frustrated, but he does have the potential to become a centre-forward.
He isn’t sure himself if he’ll be playing down the middle anytime soon, as that choice is down to the gaffer who seems adamant he will. However, I just don’t see it happening.
‘I will continue to play on the right, but for Arsenal I might get the odd Carling Cup or FA Cup game up front. Only time will tell.
‘I just like playing for this club and whatever position I am happy.’
But now to answer the important question – can he really emulate ‘The King’? And can he get the 15-20 goals he has targeted this season?
‘If I stay fit, keep winning, I hope I can reach my target.’
I believe he can, if he can not only stay fit but be consistent as well, as that is the one area I truly believe he needs to improve on if he even wants to come close to achieving the target and ultimately emulating Henry.
Walcott has no doubt improved over the last few years but his future doesn’t lie down the middle in my view. He should continue to play out wide as he is of better use in this position.
If he works hard enough and finds his shooting boots then he can easily hit his 15-20 goal target, even if he isn’t playing as the main man upfront.
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