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Walcott Wants More Goals

Theo Walcott is aiming to score around 10 goals next season for The Gunners, but stressed that he is no miracle man.

There has been immense pressure on young Theo since his arrival from Southampton in January of last year. The young forward didn't make a single appearance for the Arsenal first team in his first 5 months as an Arsenal player.

His first chance in the Red & White came on the opening day of last season against Aston Villa when he came on to save the day as he set up Gilberto's equalizer.

The pressure is sure to grow even more next season if manager Arsene Wenger decides against signing a high-profile player. The obvious similarities in the way Henry and Walcott play is sure to be a factor in that pressure, but Theo just has his heart set on improving.

'I know I’m quite a high-profile player but I’m just 18, so all I want to do is work hard and try to get more starts for the first team,' he said.

'I want to get 10 goals next season and I would like to make 20 or 25 starts. Basically I want to improve every year.'

It remains to be seen whether Wenger will attempt to use Walcott to partially replace Henry and the goals he brought to the team.

The Arsenal manager has already confirmed that Theo's long-term future will be as a striker, but he was deployed as a winger in the majority of games last season.

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 1 2007

Time: 5:42PM

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I have no doubt that he will achieve his target and school 10 goals next season. He has the pace and the skills all he need is a little experince in going forward.
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01/07/2007 17:58:00

10 will do Theo, even if 5 of them are against the Spuds!
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01/07/2007 18:02:00

I think 10 is a good target for him. I'm sure he'll start banging them in over the next few Pressure Theo. :-P
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01/07/2007 18:28:00

Sorry if this is going in another direction, but I have some issues with that picture. I didn't like the whole TH - Walcott patronizing stuff throughout the season, prior to kickoff one-2-one talks... it all seems so hypocritical from this point of time. I recall Theo's enthusiasm to learn from the best there is when he joined Arsenal. Another one in line of massive (my personal) disappointments in the person that is Thierry Henry. As simmy mentioned, I hope this takes some pressure off the youngster's back as I feel him and a few others were a bit burdened in the last season.
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01/07/2007 18:50:00

I don't see that there was anything wrong in that G4L, Henry was doing what captains should - guiding the younger players. One of them, I think Henry, said in an interview that when he took him to one side before games he was just telling him to relax and enjoy the game. I think that's exactly what he should have been doing.
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01/07/2007 19:40:00

i was speaking to a southampton fan on friday at the england 2020 match and i asked him about Walcott. He said that this guy was different gravy, top class in all areas and he had no doubt that he'll become a great great player for us..... we havent seen too much of walcott but he's going to be class i think!
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01/07/2007 19:44:00

yeah simmy, but every game? Every one that Walcott and Henry started it was like that. And couldn't he have done that in the locker room? It all seems like a bit of showing off now. Maybe I am still bitter and disappointed because of the manner of his departure, but I'm just asking myself a lot of questions about him lately.
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01/07/2007 20:04:00

I would not malign what TH has done for us during his time at Arsenal, but his presence has had an adverse effect on the younger players. Now the 'cloud' has gone I would be surprised if we didn't play some excellent football next term, with some more emerging reputations. Can't wait for next season which will get rid of this obsession with bringing in big names. Arsene will do what's right!
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01/07/2007 20:07:00

Perhaps there was an element of showing off in what Henry did with Walcott, but I think that it's because that's when the lad is going to be most nervous. Let's not forget that Theo was only 17 at the time that was going on.
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01/07/2007 20:14:00

Will he be assured of a regular berth though?
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01/07/2007 20:34:00

No, not at 18. He'll play more than he did last year, that's for sure, but I think it'll be a couple of years before at least before he is a regular.
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01/07/2007 20:39:00

One of my favourite memories from last season was when Theo scored in the Carling Cup final, and the look on his face as his teamates mobbed him. What I also loved was Henry's reaction on the sidelines...the way he pumped his fist and the look of pride he had, you could tell it was genuine. It's understandable that some (or many) Gooners are disappointed in Henry's departure, but second guessing every single thing he did for us in the last year is just a bit much. No Gooner I know of had a problem with his grandstanding when he ran through the entire Spurs team for a goal then sprinted the entire length of the pitch to slide in front of the Spuds in the away end, so let's not be hypocritical.
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01/07/2007 20:50:00

There's no doubt that Henry was overbearing but Theo will, to his benefit, have to find his own feet now, and he will be great for sure... You can't fault how sensible - albeit green - our Theo is... I still think he should go out on a bender every 3 months though - maybe wreck a few hotel rooms, get drunk, stay up late etc...
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01/07/2007 20:55:00

It's ashamed Lupoli chose not to extend his contract here. A total of 4 forwards had left us now - Henry, Ali, Lupoli & Baptista (albeit loan expiry). I think Lupoli is very prolific & very pacey. Shoud have been given more chance the the past few years
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01/07/2007 21:03:00

Yeah I wish Lupoli had stayed on, Henry has said in the past that he is the man to take over his scoring boots, Wenger hailed him the best finisher at Arsenal in the past.
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01/07/2007 22:34:00

"This is my last contract" - that sounds a bit hypocritical Shinobi. As for Lupoli no doubts about his talent, but he never seemed to move from that. He always seemed a bit lightweight even in the CC side where I actually saw him play. I hope he has much success in the future.
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01/07/2007 23:36:00 Read that, and decide if the team at present can challenge.
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02/07/2007 06:17:00

"I know I’m quite a high-profile player", LOL. I think Spurs got the best teenager from the Championship. Bale is younger (only by a few months, lol), has more natural talent (all Walcott has is pace) and cost £2 million less. A left foot like Bale's is hard to come by, pace is not.
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02/07/2007 17:05:00

walcott and bentner would really work i think but that in the future. i think walcott should bulk up a bit more n then be played up front i mean ne1 who saw the goal against chelski saw the future of arsenal. but he needs to be played more. its a big pity he didnt play in the under 21s championships becuase he could show wenger and the world what he's capable of and also gain good experiance.
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02/07/2007 18:28:00

Never said Henry has been totally straight (though technically it was his last Arsenal contract lol), but I'm not gonna nitpick every single thing he'ssaid or done as part of some bitter rage. He did far more good than harm for us, and earned the right to seek a new challenge. Plus I think going to Spain is as much a move in lenthening his own career as anything else...with the more physical style the EPL presents, the nagging injuries would've probably worn him down a lot sooner.
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03/07/2007 05:27:00

Theo has a bright future and I have no doubt that if he gets his first goal for us they may start flowing and I forsee him surpassing the target he has set for himself if he gets to play more regularly, which he can do with goals.
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03/07/2007 10:02:00

Lets 4get bout henry n face d future
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03/07/2007 15:04:00

he has got his first goal carling cup final
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03/07/2007 16:17:00

Let's hope he gets a long run in the team this season.
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03/07/2007 17:00:00

I was just watching the highlights of the 1st half of the season, and Theo had a few assists there. It was only in the 2nd half that his form dipped. I think Wenger will still use him on the wings next season and 10 goals looks optimistic to me, though I would be delighted if he managed that.
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03/07/2007 23:05:00


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