This coming season I believe that Theo Walcott will show the reason Le Boss signed him. It has taken him a while to settle with Arsenal but for me he is finally ready.
He hasn't set the world on fire at the Emirates. He seems to blow hot and cold and can sometimes be a little frustrating to watch. But now he ready to become a first team regular and show us Gooners what he is made of.
He is the reason Le Boss let Hleb go. I'm sure Arsene thinks that Theo is finally ready to play regular football, not just cameo performances.
There is no doubt that Theo has had a lot to deal with at a young age. The fact he was picked for the World Cup in 2006 has put huge pressure on his shoulder's. It certainly didn't help his development.
Also the media like to hype up any young English talent coming through to such an extent they are bound to fail. Who can live up to the English expectation? Not many can. It proved tough for Theo but the boy is made of stern stuff and has come through it.
This season will be big for Theo. I'm expecting big things from him. This is the season he establishes himself as a first-team regular.
The question is, where do we play him?
He sees himself as a striker but finds himself playing out wide for Arsenal in most appearances. The other night he showed his lethal finishing so we've seen how good he can be in front of goal. However for me, at the moment, I think Theo should learn his trade from the wings.
He has bundles of pace and that scares the shit out of defenders. He will also see more of the ball from this position and will learn better positional play.
It important that you get goals from midfield, Theo can get those for us. We have missed goal scoring from the midfield, the days of Pires and Freddie seem long gone. However with Theo, Vela, Rosicky, Nasri and Cesc we should have no problem in this area.
If our new number 14 becomes half the player our old number 14 was then we Gooners will be lucky. I've a feeling that Theo is finally ready......
Keep it Goonerish............