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Lay Off Theo!

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.'


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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Monday February 12 2007
Time: 8:09PM

Comments

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So true. thats a captain looking out for his team m8's. Hopfully theo will be at ease and play his game and not force anything.
Youngest in Charge
12/02/2007 20:41:00
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Walcott looked better after his little chat with Henry before the Wigan game, he looked a lot more relaxed. I think it is the pressure getting to him a bit rather than a lack of confidence.
simmy8_2000
12/02/2007 20:44:00
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Well if your boss hadent pushed him into the world cup squad, he wouldnt be in this situation
Boony
12/02/2007 20:51:00
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So how old is he again?!
Rocky7
12/02/2007 20:54:00
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I rate Walcott as a player, similar age too me. Like just need to metion that it feels somewhat nice now seeing players come through who are similar age too me. More connection with the team in someways. Back on topic. Yeah I agree with what Henry said, he has a lot of pressure on him but that's what of the reason I rate him. He deals with it better than most people of his age especially english players. He is very humble and he has the sort of attitude that allows him too grow as he will listen too people. He is also a player with a lot of respect. Whether he stays at Arsenal for the rest of his days I don't really know but I do know that it will be intresting too view his growth from now till his career end.
Gunners
12/02/2007 21:59:00
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So better than Henry at 17? Interesting!
sandgroanun
12/02/2007 22:35:00
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As I said elsewhere I thought he had a very good first half...made a couple runs and a couple great crosses (Henry should've poked one of 'em in, it was a total sitter). Once Wigan went one up they got back a bit and closed up Theo's space. But it's something he'll learn to adjust to as he gains more experience. I'd still like to see him play on the left a bit, just to change things up.
Shinobi
12/02/2007 23:56:00
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The new coach of the English team started it all by saying that Theo should go back to the junior team. That remark was unnecessarily nasty. ldb
ldb
13/02/2007 01:06:00
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I think he will come of age very soon, he's getting into goal scoring positions now and i think its only a matter of time b4 we're singing his praises! I think it'd be a good idea too if Theo & Rosicky would swap sides just to stir things up a bit, if Theo could cut in and take a few shots he may start scoring too!
<>
13/02/2007 11:43:00
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The problem with Theo is that he's a striker and not a winger. I know Arsene knows but Walcott seems better when he's in the middle rather than out wide. He's best game to date (that I've seen) was for England Under-21s against ze Germans and he seemed more comy as a striker than as a winger. Anyhow we will learn more as he grows.
Keplaz
13/02/2007 12:32:00
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