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Walcott Impresses On His Debut

Walcott Impresses  On His Debut

Arsenal fans got their long awaited wish yesterday afternoon as Arsene Wenger saw fit to introduce young Theo Walcott into a game in which the Gunners were losing 1-0, and it proved to be a masterstroke.

Walcott signed for Arsenal in January for a world record fee for a 16 year old (a not for a world record fee for a teenager as I wrongly reported last week) but hadn`t featured for one single minute since then, but after finding the net after only two minutes of his England under 21`s debut last Tuesday, this proved to be a very important week in the career of Theo Walcott.

The young Englishman was welcomed on to the Ashburton pitch yesterday with a standing ovation which seemed to spur the player on rather than wrack him with nerves. Wenger played Walcott and the left flank as a replacement for Freddie Ljungberg and in the short time he was on the pitch, he rocked the Villa defence & the entire stadium.

Everyone knew of this lads pace, but to actually be there to witness how fast he actually is, is a sight to behold. Not only is he fast, but he`s fast with the ball at his feet. He`s also very tricky and not afraid to run at a defender. I believe, as Wenger has already said, he will be a revelation this season.

Le Boss seemed more than pleased with Walcott`s performance.

'I am happy because we were in a tricky situation when he came on, one-nil down. I know there is a lot expected from him. He played with freshness and straight away he became dangerous on the left flank and he was involved in the goal we scored. I must say that overall when he came on his performance was very positive.'

The emergence of Walcott is not only good news for the Gunners, but for England fans as well.


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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Sunday August 20 2006
Time: 12:01PM

Comments

0
In a few years, when henry retires, can this man take the goals?
Clancy
20/08/2006 12:38:00
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never mmind in a few years, he can make a difference now. I am not saying he is going to score 20 in his first season, but he can definitely play a role. For the moment I would like to see him given 15-20 mins a game.
GunnerBlood
20/08/2006 12:43:00
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came on had a very good run out got the ball created a goal ... u cant ask for much more then that
Achilles
20/08/2006 14:22:00
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he plays a bit like aaron lennon but with much better finishing i guess
Joe_@**
20/08/2006 14:25:00
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Made a lot of difference to us, but its still important not to rush him. Personally, I'd have him on the bench wednesday, and if we're still well clear of Zagreb give him half an hour this time. What I really liked about him was just how much he wanted the ball. This is what set Rooney and Fabregas apart when they first came onto the scene.
Little Dutch
20/08/2006 14:55:00
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it is about time that walcott was played, my god what an impact he had, and the set up the he had created was pur brilliance
Walcott
20/08/2006 15:52:00
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I would like to see us score 1 or 2 early goals against Zagreb and let Theo play the rest of the game. PS: couldn't get a ticket, is it on TV?
ArsenalRob
20/08/2006 16:05:00
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yeh itv4 730pm. Id like Walcott to start on Wednesday, we have 3 goals advantage so not much of a risk? wot do u think?
Regiboy
20/08/2006 18:22:00
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sounds like a decent idea. Id probably rest thierry and fabregas both of them looked jaded against villar for me. Hleb had minimal impact on approach play but i was impressed with eboue .. once again!!
gunnerella
20/08/2006 19:13:00
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Walcott played really well. But u know who didn't... Hoyte. This guy was so crap. Eboue was going up and joining the attack everytime the opportunity arised, but Hoyte was completely useless. If we're selling Cashley, we need a proper left back, and I don't think we can rely on injury prone Clichy. Btw, a proper second striker wouldn't hurt as well. I would suggest Huntelaar. He's young, which Wenger likes, and he scored 50+ gols last season in all competitions. How come no one wants this guy?!
thenry009
20/08/2006 23:48:00
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