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Walcott Wants To Be Walcott

After Theo Walcott's fantastic performance against Slavia Prague midweek, his Englishness has inevitably led to much media hype that threatens to spiral out of control.

However, despite being only 18 years of age, the young forward has a wise head on his shoulders, and even though the comparisons with Thierry Henry are complimentary he wants to be left to become an original Theo Walcott instead of an Henry imitation.

Walcott's second strike led to accusations of the young Gunner emulating Arsenal's record goal scorer (even though I thought it was more Pires-esque myself) but Theo has his feet formally on the ground, and rightly suggests that even though the loss of Henry was huge......we don't really miss him.

"It was brilliant to train with him every day and take bits out of his game," said Walcott to the official website. 'But I'm my own player.'

"People are going to compare the second goal to Thierry but it was my own goal. I just want to be my own player and get a few more goals. People are always going to compare me to Thierry - the way I run and everything - but as I keep saying I will be my own player.'

"Everyone was disappointed when he left but in a way we have sort of forgotten about him at the moment with us doing so well. But he is doing brilliant at Barcelona and I wish him all the best."

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 25 2007

Time: 2:13PM

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the hype is out of control and Hleb and Fabregas were the real stars of the game, but good to see Theo isn't getting carried away. Still don't see McLaren picking him anytime soon though
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25/10/2007 14:32:00

Mclaren won't pick him because he only has one game left in hate the Britih media :(
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25/10/2007 14:41:00

good on you theo!
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25/10/2007 14:44:00

The media are just trying to create another 'english' superstar. Theo is a long way from being a proper premiership player. Its all well and good scoring a couple of goals against poor opposition when having lots of space to run into. The boy still hides, doesnt track back and wont go in on a 50/50 ball - generally he is usless 98% of the time. He may be one for the future but boy wonder is gonna cost you's points starting this weekend. Id have Bendtner way before Walnut.
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25/10/2007 14:46:00

Doesn't track back? I was aware it was a strikers job to get back and defend. Seen as you keep saying "yous" I'm gunna go ahead and say you're a mickey, and if that is so, shouldn't you be crying in a corner somewhere about your failure to progress from the Champions League?
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25/10/2007 15:04:00

**wasn't aware
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25/10/2007 15:06:00

when he says that we've kinda forgotten about Henry, it's almost a shock, it's true of course, but he left such a short time ago! Amazing how fast the team has moved on... Proves again that nobody is bigger than the club. I wonder if we can say that when Wenger retires one day.
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25/10/2007 15:06:00

I hope he continues to keep his head down and improve....some of his build up play against slavia was very impressive.
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25/10/2007 15:50:00

Actually that bell end is a spud. Silly bugger better come back here after the game on sunday to vindicate his pre-game "prediction" through his bitter and twisted viewpoint. "You's" was just poor English. I am glad to see Theo progressing, he will under Wengers tutelage get better and better, remember, the lad is only 18 and is already a more promising prospect than Aran "no end product" Lemon.
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25/10/2007 15:57:00

The goals he scored are a mark of composure and you need that at any level. Theo is good and that was only his second game up front for us. Both games he has started upfront he has scored, same goes for him in the England Under 21's. He isn't ready as yet and yes, the British media will always over hype a player, but Theo isn't as rubbish as you are suggesting. He turned the past two prem games for us and he is going to be one hell of a player. The boy doesn't hide, he's been screaming for the ball a lot these days and not all strikers track back but when he loses the ball he always tries to win it back. I'm not so sure he should start against Liverpool but if he does, he won't disappoint.
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25/10/2007 16:04:00

slavia are not poor opposition, spuds are. slavia have real fans, spuds have morons who post: "It doesnt really matter who we bring in BMJ will destroy their confidence and have them playing like donkeys within a season" - sport (quoted from the spuds forum) and you have the audacity to come here and rant? have a look at yourself in the mirror mate, and realize why u dont have any friends!
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25/10/2007 16:07:00

aaron lennon is better than walcott i suppose. pigs fly and leprechauns do exist, they do.
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25/10/2007 16:10:00

Theo still looks like he needs to come out of his shell - physically and physcologically. I was really impressed by his finishing, I reckon he's a natural. He could definitely morph into a Henry in a few years time and as his technique improves. I am certain Wenger can turn his attributes into a world-class performer. He's only 18! He's never gonna be a Messi, taking on player after player, but he will be effective too. Could be England's best player in 5 years time.
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25/10/2007 16:34:00

Theo is a legend in the making no doubt. The funny thing is he compared himself to Henry in the post match interview on ITV - it was about the first thing I've heard him say on telly and I remember wondering a bit at the lad's audacity. Wenger wisely refused to be drawn on the comparison. Anyway I reckon Thierry Henry would have opened up his body and and stroked the ball in with the inside of the boot. Theo's technique was actually more in the Ljungberg or Bergkamp mould.
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25/10/2007 16:47:00

actually what i think he did like henry was not the finish it was the way he drew the defender in and then pulled away to open up more space and it gave him forever to place the shot which was very henry like and thats what he was talking for the finish timao is spot on henry would have opened up theo was different he used the outside of his foot and made it curve the other way which is fantastic and im not sure which previous player would have done that it could be any of the three mentioned so far probably pires as rocky said
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25/10/2007 22:58:00

Read on the Times website that he's in line to partner Ade against Liverpool. Wonder if it's true.
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25/10/2007 23:09:00

o arsenal site they are doing key battles and he is being put vs caragher so i think he may be starting but we cannot be sure
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26/10/2007 00:28:00

Theo is looking a tad meaner, which I like. He is also getting there as a player he just needs another couple of years.
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26/10/2007 01:10:00


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