Theo Walcott has always struck me as a footballer with more sense than most, he carries an assurance on the pitch that defies his years and recent quotes attributed to him following his decision to discuss his future with Arsene Wenger prove that he has head screwed on right.
The England winger said: “There are times when I haven’t deserved to play because I wasn’t playing well enough but there have been times when I have been playing well and not been involved and that struck me a bit. So I actually went up to him for the first time and asked him what I had to do to start. I initiated the conversation and walked over to him on the training ground. It was a difficult thing to do. I was nervous. But I’m glad I did it. “The boss is taking a similar route with me as he took with Thierry – playing me out wide, protecting me a bit and then going upfront later in my career. The boss has told me that is the way he sees it. And I am working on a lot of things. I am trying to dictate when I want the ball, always trying to be on the front foot. And I am doing extra finishing practice after training, working on things like my left foot.” (News of the World)
Anyone who berates the teenager really needs to get things into perspective, yes he has been inconsistent this season and yes he does on occasions get carried away on the attack and often fluffs the final ball or the delicate finish, but he has the class to be a great player and Wenger knows which way is the best way to harness Theo’s combination of pace and trickery and given time he could well be an Arsenal legend, maybe even as good as Henry, only time will tell.