Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has revealed how star struck he felt when first joining up with the Gunners, claiming Thierry Henry made him feel “like a school girl”.
Walcott was speaking to press in Jakarta as Arsenal embark on their pre-season tour of Asia, stopping first in Indonesia.
Large crowds turned out to greet Arsene Wenger and his squad as they arrived and a number of the squad were interviewed.
Walcott was among them, and one question about his feelings when first joining Arsenal brought about something of a humorous response.
“When I first moved to Arsenal it was an honour to meet the boss, I remember I was star struck. But when I met Thierry Henry, I was like a little schoolgirl,” he is quoted as saying in The Mirror.
Walcott moved to Emirates Stadium as a talented 16-year-old from Southampton in a deal worth £12.5million.
He was lauded as the next big thing in English football and was even selected in Sven Goran Eriksson’s squad for the 2006 World Cup without even having made a senior appearance for Arsenal.
The 24-year-old has gone on to make 33 appearances in the England senior side, scoring four goals in the process.
While frustrating at times with Arsenal, Walcott has steadily improved and last season was his most successful in a Gunners shirt, scoring 21 goals in all competitions.