Young Guns teaching 'old' boys a thing or two

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As constant speculation and conjecture surrounds the respective futures of one or two of his Arsenal teammates, Theo Walcott would rather concentrate on the new breed of players trying to make their name at the Emirates Stadium.

The England winger has been watching intently as Ryo Miyaichi and Carl Jenkinson make their first tentative steps into Arsene Wenger's first team, with the young duo impressing thus far during their fledgling Arsenal careers.

Miyaichi, 18, returns to north London - after being loaned out to Feyenoord immediately following his arrival at the club in January - with a burgeoning reputation, having shone during his time in Holland.

It has been suggested the the Japanese starlet has been giving Walcott a run for his money in pre-season speed tests and has, inevitably, been compared to his senior colleague.

But Walcott has attempted to relieve the pressure on Miyaichi - although the 22-year-old says he could learn a thing or two from the young winger!


“I don’t like comparing myself to other players, every player is different,” Walcott told “He wants to be his own player, he is a confident lad and will hopefully have a good career at Arsenal.

“He has got a few stepovers more than me, I don’t do any! That is maybe something I could bring into my game.

“If I don’t come top [of the speed tests in pre-season] I’m not bothered because the most important thing is doing it on the pitch. But it will be tough to beat me, that is for sure!”

Jenkinson, meanwhile, has impressed Walcott with his temperament and attitude, since joining Arsenal from Charlton earlier this summer.

“He looks very confident and it is great to see,” said Walcott. “He is not shy at all which is nice for a new lad coming in, especially at a young age.

“It’s a bit daunting at first but all the players have helped bed him in and that showed in his game [in Asia]. He is very positive and I enjoyed playing with him.”

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