Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has claimed that it’s easy for people to draw comparisons between himself and Gunners legend Thierry Henry, in a statement sure to split opinion in north London.
As relayed on his club’s official website the England international revealed that he would consider getting anywhere near Henry’s goal haul a fantastic achievement, whilst also stating that he looked up to the forward when he was a young player.
Walcott was purchased by Arsene Wenger just a year after the ‘Invincible’ campaign of 2003/04, and was quickly introduced to a team that had the likes of Henry and Freddie Ljungberg in their primes.
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The ex-Southampton man took the interview in question as an opportunity to pay homage to both men, whilst comparing himself with arguably the greatest striker the Premier League has ever seen.
Comparisons with Henry
"You could look at the pace side of it and the way we both finish. He had an unbelievable scoring record and to get anywhere near that would be a great achievement for myself," Walcott said.
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"There are a lot of similarities in the way we attack defenders and the way we finish. I want to be my own player - I like to take bits from other players’ games.
"I used to look up to him when I was younger and try to study him very well. Having been moved out to the wing, I’ve had to adapt my game and Freddie Ljungberg is a great example to me now, in terms of making runs off the ball. Thierry just made football look very easy at times."
Of course he might talk up the idea of getting close to Henry’s tally in front of goal, but in reality Walcott has a lot to do if he’s to even solidify his own future in Wenger’s first-team.
The diminutive 26-year-old, who won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2006, has failed to hit the dizzy heights initially expected of him when he moved to north London, and though he’s never been considered a flop, he can hardly be deemed an outstanding success of a purchase.
With age on his side Walcott has time to change that, but in order to do so he may have to seek an exit from Arsenal in favour of pastures new.
Having been linked with Liverpool on and off for a series of months the player himself is sure to be questioning his own future in Wenger’s fold, with a new contract still to be agreed upon despite the fact his current one is drawing to a close.
Recent rumours have inferred that Walcott is keen to get assurances on his claim for a starting XI in Wenger’s side, though the way negotiations are going it’s safe to assume he hasn’t been handed them. With that in mind drawing comparisons with Henry is a practise to be advised against, although, as mentioned previously, Walcott is young enough to yet fulfil his full potential.
Arsenal fans, is Walcott mad to compare himself to Henry? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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