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Walcott Becoming A Man

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hailed the developing maturuty of Theo Walcott and intimated that he will be a feature in the starting line up for the rest of the season. With the entire world riding the youngster's back and hyper analysing his every breaking of wind and jumping to wild conclusions based on the poison the media feed, Walcott has come under intense scrutiny in his short Arsenal career.

But Le Boss thinks the teenager is coming along nicely, 'It (against Reading) was his most complete game,' Wenger told the club's official website. 'One where he looked most 'the man', the most mature.

'At the start of the season, when Theo was on from the beginning, you did not see a lot from him.

'There were only glimpses when you could say 'there is something there' and you wondered when he would come out. Now he is starting to show that.'

Having recovered from a debilitating shoulder injury, Walcott has visibly improved on his physical attributes. But months after everybody had concluded that he was not good enough, some inspired cameo performances, including an 80 yard dash at Anfield, now have everybody claiming he is the bestest footballer ever and by not playing him on his own in every game, Wenger (responsible for the early careers of Thuram, Weah, Vieira, Henry and Fabregas) clearly has no idea what he is doing.

Wenger went on to suggest that his increasing confidence has supplemented the physical side of his game, Theo is not a monster, but he has great body power. When he starts on the first five yards, it is like you throw him away.

'You do not see him, he is gone. That is more important than just more power. But the way we play, we can take advantage of his qualities.'

Wenger concluded that Walcott could be given a starting berth in the three remaining games in readiness for next season, ''I feel next season began on Saturday for him. I don't know yet if I will start with him for the rest of the season, but there is a good chance yes.

'It is down to him now, how much he wants it. But I hope he continues to produce this type of performance and on his account are 10 or 15 goals, because that is what you should aim for.'







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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 21 2008

Time: 1:09PM

Your Comments

Wenger is handling him just about right. You can still see that Theo still has some distance to go, in his ball control, physical presence etc. It was a good call to start him against Reading, and now that the pressure is less, perhaps Theo will get his confidence up for next season. Now, for him to a goal against Derby will be nice.
prits
Agree with the article, with Wenger and with Prits. I am proud to say i have never questioned Theo's ability, and have always said give him time. Patience and experience is reaping its rewards, and THeo will become indispensible to the team within the next 2 seasons. Keep it up!
Cesky
Good to see Theo winning some over again. Makes you wonder why people ever take such entrenched positions on any player - especially when they are as young as he is.
Amos.
Yeah Amos why? There's a Chinese saying that goes like "Don't look down upon poor youth" because they have everything to gain when they're young. I'd extend this sentiment to Senderos and Song, but some may disagree.
Lou the Gunneress
look at ashley young too, had critisism over transfer fee, countys press and supporters have gone nuts, to much influence in the game.
KingGunner
Right, so should we stop laughing at 16m-rated Darren Bent...? (He's like 24, not a teenager, but still "quite" young.)
Lou the Gunneress
I'm surprised no Spuddies came to say Lennon is better or that he's a poor man's Agbhonlahor. He is beginning to show that he is the real deal, always knew the boy was class.
Keplaz
 

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