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  1. razac

    nice write up but I believe it is the competition in Arsenal now that made Theo buckle up becos he knw that if he didnt go back to his natural position and fight for it then he will loose the place to other player even the pundits now know Arsenal now have squad depth with very good players…….

  2. Tom

    This is the second time in as many weeks ,it seems ,you have tried to suggest Theo’s new found approach to his game on both sides of the ball, has more to do with getting over some mental effect of his injuries and not the change in his own attitude.

    Despite his own words to the contrary, which are too easy to find with a two minute Google search, you seem convinced in your head about this nonsense you are pushing.

    One of the things I like about Walcott is his honesty and not once has he used his injuries, which were significant , as an excuse for his previous shortcomings.

    Why speculate when you can hear it from the horses mouth?
    So what that Theo decided to man up at 27 instead a few years earlier.
    I know some people who have lived in denial for all of their lives.

    Looking at himself and deciding to grow as a player and a person should be applauded by every Arsenal fan, and not spun into something that wasn’t.

  3. WalterBroeckx

    Tom, any football player admitting he had/has fear is lost on a football field. Opponents will try to exploit that fear by going in harder and harder.
    Eduardo will never say he got scared after comming back from his leg break. But if you look at how he played before/after you could see the fear all over him.
    But he never said he was afraid. But you could see it and it was clear to see if you looked for it.
    I just have the same feeling with Theo now.
    I might be wrong but I could be right. Only Theo knows and he will probably never tell the whole truth as long as he is playing. Same for Eduardo.
    Never admit you are scared.

  4. Leon

    Not being in the England squad for Euro 2016 was a blessing in disguise for Theo. Instead of sitting on his arse for the summer employed himself a personal trainer and got into the seriously muscular condition we now see.
    I’m sure I read somewhere that he discussed his team role with Arsene and decided that at 27 he needed to man up (or something like that), so after ten years we now have the player we should have had 3 or four years ago.
    Theo today, Ox-Chamberlain tomorrow.

  5. Tom

    There’s only one problem with your logic here. Walcott, in his 10 year Arsenal career, has never before shown the industry and effort he’s been showing now, and there were large swaths of injury free seasons.

    Even in his best scoring season of his professional career he was a defensive liability, something he has admitted to recently.

    Besides, why would a player be afraid to admit to something that’s no longer in effect.
    If he were scared to go into challenges before and he isn’t now, then the opposition can’t exploit this fear because it no longer exists.

  6. Tom

    Also, closing players down and helping your fullback in coverage doesn’t require tackling or getting stuck in.
    Some of the most effective defending is done while staying on your feet.

  7. Graham

    I do tend to agree with most of the comments above, Theo has manned up recently, but I think the majority of that influence comes from Sanchez. Theo has realised that if you want to be a great player, put in the tracking back miles, put in the forward runs, you have to up your fitness game. I think a few of our player have seen Sanchez being the first man on and the last man off the training pitch. Seen him fight for a ball that he has lost, return to do his defensive duties etc. I think the whole tram has realised that more is need from the team as a whole and if Theo wants to be part of that team, he needs to put in a much greater effort all over the pitch……the desire to close down, win the ball, win the ball back is evident across the whole team. It us possibly more noticeable in Theo because of his past, but I do believe it is all due to the influence, training and playing style of Sanchez….

  8. Philbet

    On a different note its noticeable that the AAA have gone rather quiet recently, coinciding with a winning run, it goes some way to prove the point that really they are not “anti Arsenal” they are just “want to win every game like life’s some sort of dreamworld and there life’s perfect” such a sad immature attitude is responsible for so much angst and retribution, the next time one sticks his head above the parapet, ask them where they were when we were winning??

  9. Gord


    And Theo, being a complete idiot, cannot now see how his adding effort and industry to his game would be useful, nor could he see this in the past. It cannot be a matter of cognition which has made this year better.

    I will agree that a defender should stay on his (or her, as the case may be) feet.

    • Tom

      “It’s all down to hard work. Me and the manager sat down before the beginning of the season and I just looked at myself, I know what I can do…..”
      “It’s a shame, maybe it should’ve hit me a few years ago, but there’s been a change in my whole attitude” – said Walcott according to the Guardian.

      No sarcasm.

  10. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    It’s a great good news for Theo’ and Arsenal to see him regain his lost top form for Arsenal this season. Le Prof is like the patient bird that does patiently waits for his food to be ready and then eats it without haven to struggled to cook it.

    Theo’ is a right winger for Arsenal. But with the freedom afforded the Gunners in their game, I’ve noticed him moving into the striker position of late in the team to score goals for us. While Sanchez has appeared to be playing behind him as the player maker providing assists and Ozil now operates more from the left wing to score goals too. This is a great variation in the Gunners match positional playing which seems to be confusing their opponents match plan and had caused them to fall to Arsenal. I hope be to seeing more of this variations in positional playing by the Gunners in their games that will continue to make our opponent teams fall to us as the season progresses.

  11. Gord

    I think Theo has missed the importance of recognizing that the change was needed. If he hadn’t of recognized that, I don’t think hard work would have helped. Of course, Wenger helped him to recognize this.

    It is nice of you to dig up the quote Tom.

  12. Jerry

    I think you’re kind of just picking a pointless argument with Walter.The definition of attitude:

    “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”

    So while you are looking for and focusing on the technical word “attitude”, Walter is actually using the meaning of the word, focusing on his change in thinking.

    And Walter, yes you are correct, Theo compared to Bellerin has committed more fouls (9 to 3) and tackles (14-6) in 17 less minutes according to Whoscored

  13. Menace

    OT slightly – Walter as the current officiating referee on this site, could you please give us a brief description of why officials talk to players & also why professional players need to be talked to. I feel cheated by professional players needing to be talked to & sent to the naughty step when they get paid obscene amounts to play the game. Each talking to robs me of ‘paid for minutes’ in a game.

  14. porter

    You could always thank the England international set up that by leaving him out brought him up short . He was made to realise that it was a turning point and that unless he changed then his career was going the wrong way. He probably discussed things with many people including Wenger . So far the new Theo is working , lets hope he continues in the same vein.

  15. Brickfields Gunners

    Let us hope that he has matured and the injuries and the past are behind him ; and that he will go on to be a very good and productive player for us.

    ‘ Its your road ,and yours alone .Others may walk it with you ,but no one can walk it for you .’ – Rumi

  16. Robido

    Whatever the reason, and it might be all of the above, Theo is impressing even the antitheoists around me. He is not the one bouncing off and looking bemused in upper body contacts. His first goal showed this and it seems to be giving more composure on the ball. This could be the real turning point to becoming exceptional for us.

  17. BennE


    I agree with with your analysis of Theo, however lets not forget, as you’ve stated several times in previous posts re; our Academy/Young Players. When fans , experts and other pundits have written off
    our players, Arsene has shown the patience and created the environment for our players to develop. Given the constant pressure from fans and critics to win trophies.

    I would rather see a young player develop into a great player than to spend silly amounts on buying players.

    To me I value that as more of a success than trying to buy Trophies.

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