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Fabregas: Walcott Is One Of The Best

Midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas says that teenage sensation Theo Walcott is one of the best young players in the world.

When speaking to Arsenal.com Cesc said that there he is defiantly the best player of that age in the Premiership: "He is the best player of that age playing in the Premiership. Definitely. When he came to Arsenal you could see he has the quality."

Fabregas also says there is only one player he is aware of that was so threatening at Theo`s age - Lionel Messi. Cesc played in the Barca youth team with Messi and says Theo is right up there with the Argentine star: "If I had to choose two players it would be him and Lionel Messi, because I saw what he could do at Barcelona.

"For me they are the two best players I have seen at 16 to17."

Fabregas, still only a tender 19 years of age himself says that Theo always poses a threat when he comes on: "When Theo comes on for the last 15 or 20 minutes you can see he can do something. He's so quick, so powerful and showed that once again this evening.

"For the third goal I thought he had gone too far but he put it perfectly on Baptista's head."

Rather surprisingly Walcott has never gone to Cesc in seek of advice, despite that fact Fabregas is proving to be one of Wenger`s best finds to date: He has not asked me for advice, no.

"He is a very clever boy and he knows more than what a player of his age should know. His family is always close to him and they treat him so well at Arsenal.

"The advice is always from the boss, from Thierry. I'm just 19. I'm nearly the same age so I can't give him advice.
"But he is a great guy and I think getting called up for the World Cup has definitely helped him."

Fabregas also praised Walcott for how he coped with the pressure of being such a bright prospect: "I think it's normal.
"Theo is showing everyone that he is a great player and people expect a lot of him. I know from my own experience it takes time when you are young.

"In my case it's different because I am Spanish. He is English so there are greater expectations.

"In England the young players are under pressure but he is able to handle it like Wayne Rooney did and that is why he is so good. Sometimes the manager uses him sparingly so people don't have a go at him but I am sure he will play many times for Arsenal."




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 22 2006

Time: 10:06PM

Your Comments

What a pair of players. We have an amazing spine in our team, maybe this season will prove to be one year to soon, but mark my words, this team will win trophies, and lots of em!!
Rocky7
Without a shadow of a doubt. I honestly think that this team coming through will be the best to ever grace British football.
simmy8_2000
Wish Liverpool had him!
AndyDaKing
one of as few good young players coming through and starting to really show their value..
ernshaw
and when you think about the other ones coming through, it makes you smile :) Merida too, vela too (once over his injury, barazite, rui fonte... arsene's got some constant conveyor belt thang going on, it's like the generation game. Which one will be the cuddly toy??? »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
Guess it takes a great young talent to know another one. Walcott and Fabregas are both top quality players and will only get better. Just imagine, if they're this good now, how SCARY it's going to be in a couple of years!
ducksworth
Yeah, exciting days lie ahead. It will be awesome to see how they combine together. I hope he continues to handle the high expectations well, as he's been doing so far.
prits
Walcott's pace and vision on that third goal was incredible. He could've easily taken the shot himself, looked to pass it to Henry instead or just made a complete mess of it by over dribbling. Instead he delivered it at the exact right moment and gave Beast one of the easiest headers he'll ever see. He was an absolute force on the right side once he got switched there, and he showed some deceptive strength as well. I simply love this kid.
Shinobi
yeah, i think the most impressive thing about him so far is that knack of more often than not knowing what is the right pass, and when i the right time to play it. His decision making appears spot on, and for one so young, hia awareness would seem superb. It was mentioned somewhere else on the site, but there was one moment of the game whe he controlled a long ball fired across the field at him, in one moment sumptuously bringing it down and softening it's pace dead, and running with it, all in the one movement. Tremendous... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
He's only a teenager FFS! Hardly going to say he's S H I T is he!!?
BaldyYid
 

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