Lay Off Theo!
Arsenal skipper Thierry Henry has called for Arsenal and England fans to let Theo Walcott learn his trade without the expectations of a nation on his shoulders.
After Walcott`s call up to the England World Cup squad everyone has expected the poor boy to produce the goods every week, something that no player can do, yet alone a 17-year-old boy!
Henry is very conscious of this and has called for everyone to allow Theo some space to develop his obvious natural talents.
'One thing about Theo for all of us to remember is that he is only 17,' said Henry.
'I know it is not easy for you guys because he is a great prospect for England, but I do think people have to remember he is 17.
'When you are 17 and you go into the World Cup with people thinking you are going to save the country.
"Being out there at 17 years old with all the expectation you are putting on him sometimes. What we need to do is let him mature and get stronger.
'It is not an easy time when you are 17 - trust me, I was there. I was struggling at 17.
'Against Wigan, Theo had a great game. All of the opportunities we had in the first half were coming from Theo.'