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Henry Legend Passed On To Walcott

Henry Legend Passed On To Walcott

Theo Walcott, who's finishing technique is often compared to Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has been handed the all-time top goal scorer's shirt number.

The number 14 shirt until only a few years ago was just a substitutes shirt, nothing more, but then along came a Frenchman who couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo and gave the number 14 meaning to all Arsenal fans.

When Theo first came to Arsenal the comparisons had already started, and those comparisons continued so much that Walcott had to start telling people that despite Henry being a hero of his, he was his own player and wanted to be known as such.

Some people may feel Walcott is shouldering himself with too much of a burden by taking on such an iconic shirt number, but personally I think he's going to make it his own.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday June 27 2008
Time: 3:36PM


I said he should have it ;)
27/06/2008 15:43:00
0 still has him at 32 ??????
27/06/2008 16:08:00
The boy proved that he could handle pressure over the past year. This will only encourage him to do better. Can't wait to see him as our No. 14!
Lou the Gunneress
27/06/2008 16:13:00
0 There u go egooner
27/06/2008 16:16:00
this should make him step up to the plate. C'mon Theo, do it fella - I've got this season's gonn abe the one where he really gets heads turning. Signs were there last season in spells. Slowloy but surely he's becoming the player we all hope and wenger knows he can!
»»Arsene Knows««
27/06/2008 16:24:00
top work thanks for the link - I think Theo will become a forst team regular this season and finally show what he really can do AW would not have done this unless he thought he was ready
27/06/2008 16:31:00
The expectations on Theo were just about becoming realistic recently, and I hope this jersey no. is not interpreted as something more than what it actually is - just a number. Leave the lad alone to develop at his own pace and he will do quite well.
27/06/2008 16:38:00
That's a huge gesture from Arsene, don't you think? Last season Theo said he was frustrated with Arsene for keeping him on the bench, and he found the courage to go up to Arsene to talk to him about it. Arsene told him he had to work harder, which Theo did. Now Arsene hands him Henry's shirt. That says a lot about how much faith Arsene has found in Theo, and how much Theo has worked to gain that faith.
27/06/2008 16:48:00
27/06/2008 16:53:00
Let's also not forget that the new squad numbers were only announced on Monday, then today, Theo's got changed from 32 to 14. Why didn't they confirm it before announcing it? Very weird and un-Arsenal-like if you ask me. But I'm told I'm reading too much into the change. Okie, anyway, I have confidence in Theo, he'll make make his own name. Cesc wasn't scared to wear PV4's shirt, neither is Theo to claim No. 14 now I believe.
Lou the Gunneress
27/06/2008 17:07:00
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