Arsenal - Henry Legend Passed On To Walcott
UK time is: 18:15:27
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.

The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 27 2008

Time: 3:36PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
I said he should have it ;)
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 15:43:00 still has him at 32 ??????
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 16:13:00 There u go egooner
Report Abuse
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««
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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.
Report Abuse
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.
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 16:48:00

Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 17:07:00

maybe it was a case of theo wanting it ... and going to the club and asking for it. I hope so .. shows he has the balls and confidence required to progress. Next season will tell alot
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 17:37:00

Im happy for Theo getting this number. This is going to be his year where he shows everyone all the talent he has.
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 17:56:00

I suspect Theo wanted a number, which better reflects his position in the first team squad, what with Ramsey coming in and getting number 16 and Carlos Vela number 12.
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 18:04:00

damn, that kills any hope that i had of Thierry coming back :(
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 21:20:00

Good news for Theo its his time to shine along side this chappie....
Report Abuse
27/06/2008 22:59:00

Oh no, there were 14 posts under this article - just nice for Theo's new number - and you've added a 15th. lol
Lou the Gunneress
Report Abuse
28/06/2008 00:09:00

nice little player theo is, hope he does well, geninue player an honest, is great to watch hes type of player plaining, young an has great potental
Report Abuse
28/06/2008 02:48:00

Cant wait for the new season, Theo on one wing, Lennon on the other!! lol
Report Abuse
28/06/2008 10:05:00

can someone explain why I cannot get onto this site normally? Have you started banning IP addresses etc? If you have I think that is pretty sad - it just shows you cannot handle a little debate. I have never been abusive. This is a serious comment. don't get me wrong you can have your little intimate debates all you want and exclude us but you should make the point clear if it is the case.
The Tailor
Report Abuse
28/06/2008 20:05:00

hmmm Mr A u can dream, also i bet bently wished he had stayed or maybe he wouldnt not of devloped in to player he is now if he dint leave, cause im sure hell be signing for spurs sooon
Report Abuse
28/06/2008 22:19:00

The Lennon thing was tongue in cheek, he wouldn't get in our team!! ;-p. As for Bentley he is a show pony, a poser who had many opportunities as an Arsenal player but his attitude stank. Hope you do buy him, especially for the 15m they want for him. How over priced is that!!!!!!
Report Abuse
28/06/2008 22:32:00

And Mr arsenal,i wouldn`t be at all suprised that when Wenger sold him he didn`t include a selling on fee for him as well,just like he did with pennant and Muamba.So 15mill would give a healthy return in commision..possibly
Report Abuse
28/06/2008 23:59:00

Tailor, the site has had some troubles recently, a lot of people haven't been able to get on, Gooners included. It's sorted now.
Little Dutch
Report Abuse
29/06/2008 00:05:00

ya ur right he has that ego jus like when he opted not to play in u-21's, lennon's not french. bit bentyly not a bad player an we wont be payin out staight 15mil for him
Report Abuse
29/06/2008 00:06:00

Spud are good at buying English players, albeit cack ones ;-p
Report Abuse
29/06/2008 00:10:00

half true, lennon is good robbo was good daws was good woodgate is good jenas was never good, bent pending
Report Abuse
29/06/2008 00:13:00

gess that was harsh coment by me
Report Abuse
29/06/2008 00:16:00

arse cant buy english cause they cant afford them, thats my only come
Report Abuse
29/06/2008 00:17:00

Lennon, debatable never really lived up to his potential of a couple of years ago. Robinson is on his way out after too many blunders. Dawson im not convinced and neither are any of my spud mates. And Woodgate, good defender but will you get a full season out of him, a bit injury prone. Bent was serverely over priced, but hardly got a look in last season, apart from against us ooh i can still see that miss!!! ;-P
Report Abuse
29/06/2008 00:20:00

still very young an has time to adapt, robbo has lost i an also daws hense why we stared poor an ended mid table when we fin 5th thses 2 players were brill for us, no with there indavidual erros has cost us ......jus like senderos he started of good but has been found out
Report Abuse
29/06/2008 00:23:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Arsenal Articles

Infographic - Most Fouled....Sánchez (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Stats: Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Match Preview Arsenal vs Zagreb (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Archived Arsenal Articles

List All Vital Arsenal Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Naijagunner 24
2. Galway Gooner 16
3. 0716389009 7
4. Wyn Mills 5
5. Guyfox 2
6. phreddy 2
7. Nwankwo25 2
8. Afcdc 2
9. Pat Rick 1
10. Will-i-am10 1

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Leicester City 13 8 4 1 8 28
2. Man Utd 13 8 3 2 10 27
3. Man City 13 8 2 3 14 26
4. Arsenal 13 8 2 3 12 26
5. Spurs 13 6 6 1 13 24
6. West Ham 13 6 3 4 4 21
7. Everton 13 5 5 3 8 20

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

George Best Tribute Tonight
» Man Utd : 25/11/2015 17:54:00
Hazard Makes UEFA Team of Year Shortlist
» Chelsea : 25/11/2015 17:48:00
Former United Striker Turns Down an Opportunity!
» Man Utd : 25/11/2015 17:39:00
AUDIO: A Revelation!
» Man Utd : 25/11/2015 17:31:01
A Wonderful Gesture
» Man Utd : 25/11/2015 17:29:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM vs Dinamo Zagreb
Suggested By:  
Cech 5%
Bellerin 0%
Kos 0%
BFG 0%
Monreal 0%
Flamini 0%
Cazorla 0%
Campbell 4%
Ozil 65%
Sanchez 26%
Giroud 0%
Debuchy 0%
Rambo 0%
Chambers 0%