Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Wednesday November 22 2006
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."
Date:Wednesday November 22 2006
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