The Arsenal and England international Theo Walcott could be set to really get his football career back on track today, almost exactly a year after he was stretchered off in the Gunners’ FA cup triumph over our north London rivals Tottenham.
The lasting image of that moment was a grinning Walcott taunting the spuds from his stretcher but as we know, that happiness soon turned to misery as the extent of his injury became clear. If the 25-year old does start for Arsene Wenger today, it will be the first time since that day, but Theo has not wasted his recovery time, as a Sky Sports report explains.
The Arsenal star has become a dad for the first time but he has also been working hard on certain aspects of his game that had been a little pushed to the side in recent years. Walcott sounds super confident now and insists that Arsenal fans will soon start to see the best of him again and that he could well be an even more dangerous player than before.
Walcott said, “It is about a year since [the injury] and it has gone very quickly. I have had loads of things in my life that have changed completely, so that side of it was a good thing.
“Things happen for a reason and it has given me the opportunity to work on different parts of my game that I missed out on when I was younger, the actual development stage of it.
“I am looking forward to going out there and getting a few minutes. I am not expecting too much from these games early on.
“It will be blowing the cobwebs away and will be good to be out playing with my mates again because I have missed it all.
“It is been a stop and start season at times, but I think being champions of the FA Cup will make us want to hold onto that.
“We have our home support and we have to bounce back from the Southampton game.
“I think it means a lot to everyone but, being English, you always want to put that bit more effort into it.
“The fans always love a good cup run – they always like to go to those different stadiums.
“I enjoy going to a team in League One; things like that, which you don’t get the opportunity to do any more, are so special.”
Let’s hope that Walcott is right and that it does not take him too long to start firing again. Because the Gunners need all the help we can get right now!