This season has been an excellent one for Theo Walcott. He has produced some of his best performances since joining Arsenal from Southampton in 2006. He was not even 17-years old when he became a Gunner, but it was only this season that he really became a true Gunner.
His extra confidence and maturity has been evident since the start of the season, and that in turn has led to his best ever statistics of 21 goals and 17 assists. Considering that he had a few injury problems, as well as the distraction of his contract negotiations, Theo has done amazingly well to produce the impact that he has.
The 24-year old England international was probably the best player on the pitch for England on Wednesday, and there is talk that Roy Hodgson may give him a chance to repeat his role as a centre forward that he managed with some success for Arsenal this season. All this is just reward for his hard work and mature attitude, that he now wants to pass on to his Arsenal team mates.
“The amount of experience I’ve had from a young age, having to walk into the dressing room with the winners of the Premier League and the FA cup and be the only one, with Abou, who is still in that dressing room today(can help),” said Walcott.
“I can give my experience – to the other young players. If something’s not going well, I’ll try to help someone out. If things are going well, you just let them know that they are doing something well. I think that’s my role a little bit, and of course playing my best football on the park when I can.”
It sounds like Theo could make a good captain or vice-captain one day and, who knows, maybe he will. If he continues his form from this season into the next, and especially if he continues to mature and improve, his new contract will start to look like one of the best bits of business that Arsenal and Wenger have done for a while.