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Walcott's New Year Resolutions

Theo Walcott has a couple of New Year's resolutions that I'm sure all Arsenal fans will hope he can achieve.

Simply put he wants to score more goals, and he wants to get some silverware.

Speaking to Walcott said that whilst he was happy to have created so many for RVP this season, he wants to seriously improve his own tally (currently 4) before the end of the campaign.

'This season I need to get in among the goals a bit more but I'm happy if the team's winning and I'm getting assists.'

His other, is to simply get some silverware into the club again.

'I think we've had so much experience of almost getting there and we just want a bit more. We obviously want to win the league, we want to win every competition we enter. It's been a long time since we won something.'

With three potential prizes up for grabs, whilst the league might be too much, it is in the player's hands.

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Writer: Arsenal Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 4 2012

Time: 8:51PM

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Walcoot is having a bit of a dip in form recently, after he'd made some real progress. I'm still of the opinion he's going to be a fantastic player for us. People forget he's still really young.
he has to learn to control his pace. running at a constant speed is easy to predict no matter how fast you are. what he needs to do is to change his speed when he is dribbling; pause a bit when the marker is catching up and speed up again to a different direction. he also needs to learn when to cut in diagonally and shoot on sight when no one is in front of him or delay his run for others to get into position if he wants to put in a cross. that is the differences between theo & henry... my humble opinion...
I think you have a point there Joe, that's something Gervinho does brilliantly. Stops the ball, gets the defender rocking on his heels then pushes past him again. That's Walcott's next step for me, developing some subtlety to his play.
Little Dutch
Agree with you both. Theo's hero (Henry) used to be a master at it too. See his goal against Inter in the San Siro.
All very true. A change of pace is much more effective, in many more situations, than blistering pace alone.
No 10
Walcott needs to think of himself as a wide striker rather than a winger. He has a very good shot (with both feet) from anywhere around the box and it seems the earlier he takes a pop the better a game he has. He is young and he does seem susceptible to confidence dips during seasons and indeed in games. I've said it before but I'll happily say again. When our wide players take shots from the edge of the area, the opposition defense will be easier to move out of position and will create more space for RvP.
No 10
The problem is that Theo's been with us for 6 years. Surely he should have learnt that by now (how to use his pace effectively as Joe mentions above)? I'm not sure I agree with Rocky that he'll turn out to be a fantastic player for us, although I hope I'm proven wrong. His only real attribute is pace. He doesn't/can't dribble or really take on players and the way teams line up against us at home sitting back deep means he's limited. Perhaps he'll be more effective centrally, but not sure if he can in the system we play.
Agree Vin, when he's 25 can we stop using age as an excuse? He's been in the first team for what seems like ages now, please start delivering more consistently.
Theo is a great finisher. He's lacking on confidence at the moment, but which player doesn't suffer from that from time to time. Jack Wilshere has been at the club for nine years, so does that mean he should be consistent and have a full grasp of the game already? Age is a factor, especially when he's only just into his 20s. I fear if we give up on Theo now it will really come back to haunt us in 4 or 5 years.
I said first team rocky nothing to do with being a youth player from about 10, that's not relevant. If Theo's a great finisher then what's Van Persie?! Being a good finisher isn't just about instinctive stuff, you have to be able to use your brain and keep cool as well if you have to think about it. Great finisher, come on.
I just know this boy has to let his feet/boots do the talking...and fast. Very few players can both frustrate and delight fans at the same time. When he is not plating, you just miss the danger he portends by his mere presence on the field; yet, he can get one- on-one with the opposition's keeper and just lose his composure. He just has to start delivering on that potential quickly......
Could it be true he is really holding out for some bumper pay as against the reasonable contract we have on offer to him?
If Theo is a great finisher then what is van Persie? He's world class clearly, one of the best finishers in the world. Theo has a long way to go before he gets up to RvP's standards, but you know what, most players in the world have a long way to go, that doesn't mean Theo isn't a good player, he's just out of sorts. He really became a dangerous player earlier in the season.
Walcott's not a great finisher, come on eh. I'm not saying he can't be a good player, just he can be bloody dreadful as well, when he's bad he's comically bad almost.
i think theo should watch himself closely in recordings and contemplate on how to improve his play. his dribbling & finishing is not that bad. he can even put in some decent crosses. it just seems to me that at the back of his mind, he is always thinking that speeding away from defender is the best solution. it is too one dimensional. good fullback even with far lesser pace can handle that easily. even when he managed to get away from the defender, there would be no taker for his cross because he would have practically sped past everyone. it's either he starts to go in centrally and attempt on goal or starts to control his speed and develop some trickery at the flank. better both. it's all in his mind. he has the capability to be an amazing forward but he really have to start thinking what's next before he speeds off next time
Joe - you have that spot on. The one thing I've liked about Theo this season is his work rate defensively. In some games he's also displayed a good first touch and interplay. You feel that perhaps he hasn't be coached correctly when younger and only told to use his blistering pace to get onto through balls - not how to actually use it to take on players. He can have no finer example to show him how to use his brain and feet that RvP (and even Gervinho).
I've been impressed (overall) with Theo this season, coz there has been some progress. He has added something to his game - his final ball, his defensive work. The last month has seen him in poor form, and I hope he comes out of it quick. I'm not sure whether he will ever be fully composed on the ball, in his career, so perhaps, my expectations need to be adjusted. He needs to be able to keep possession of the ball, esp with his back to the defender while receiving a pass, he is out muscled far too easily.
Considering we are talking about someone approaching his 200th appearance for us I do struggle to see how he has improved in these 6 years. This season has seen him upping the defensive side of things but aside from that considering he has spent all this time under one of the worlds finest technical coaches it's perplexing to see that he is still massively inconsistent with an insufficient end product and highly flawed judgement. I don't think anyone is any the wiser as to whether he'll be a world class striker or Wengers biggest flop.

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