Arsene Wenger has not ruled out a third spell at Arsenal for the goal scoring legend Thierry Henry, and the 35-year old is already training with the Arsenal squad. Even if he doesn’t end up playing for the Gunners again, his contribution could be significant, because Wenger is in the process of turning Theo Walcott from winger to striker as he did most successfully with Henry.
There could not be a better teacher for Walcott as he possesses the same basic qualities that Henry had as a young player, speed and finishing ability. Before he joined Arsenal in 1999, the French forward had never scored more than 11 goals in a season. Under Wenger he became a striker hitting more than 20 every year. Wenger and Walcott will hope that his experience will help the England international do the same.
“Thierryu gives him advice, which is important, and Theo is a very intelligent boy.
“He understands very quickly when you tell him something and that’s why I think he can do very well in that position.
“I like what I have seen of Theo through the middle.
“It’s an interesting challenge. I think he can take it on. He is now 23. I decided to play Thierry Henry at 23 through the middle because you have to learn a lot before.”
Walcott may not get the central striker role today, as Wenger may expect a stout, organised defence which may not leave much room for Theo to utilise his pace. He may be started on the right wing where he can get behind the full back and provide balls for Olivier Giroud to challenge for and use his strength and aerial ability.
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