Theo Walcott joined Arsenal in the 2005/2006 winter transfer window at aged 16 (he officially signed later that year in March when he turned 17) and has started his 11th season at the club. He is now 27 years old and after a very poor campaign last season, he has flown out of the blocks this season and scored two excellent goals against FC Basel last night.
He’s like a new signing as Arsene Wenger would put it!
There have been a few comments about Theo, including from the man himself who has admitted he has finally matured and is happy playing football. Yesterday Roy Keane came out and said that Theo shouldn’t get too excited just yet and see how he’s performing in 7/8 months time – and although it is a slightly harsh view, it isn’t completely inaccurate.
Theo has started the season on fire which is great to see, and I’m sure every Arsenal fan is over the moon at his current form and performances. The hope however is that he turns a corner and maintains these high standards for the rest of the season – because with Theo in top gear, alongside Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi, we have every chance of winning some major honours.
But can it last?
That’s the million dollar question. Theo has shown glimpses of his talent and at times, has managed to perform well for 9/10 games at a time. But the issue is his consistency and whether he can keep it going over a longer period of time.
We all know Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil can perform well over most of a season, they’ve proved it before at clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona, but can Walcott do the same?
Because if he can, Arsenal are a completely different animal.