It’s about 10 years now that Theo Walcott has been playing for the Gunners, but, Arsene Wenger reckons the forward has not yet got to his peak.
Walcott has had to cope up with a lot of injury setbacks in the past years, but, in the ongoing season, whenever he has been slotted in the centre, he has shown good form.
Walcott had caught everyone’s attention when he was given a place in the Three Lions team for World Cup in 2006.
He was in his teenage at that point of time and had not even made his debut in Premier League.
But, Sven Goran Eriksson, the then England boss, recognized him as a special talent.
Over the years, Walcott has failed to evolve as quickly as he would perhaps have been expected to, but, from time to time, he has come up with class performances to keep reminding people that there’s no lack of talent.
According to Wenger, it’s in the mid twenties that a player makes big strides in the game and grows in stature. So, for Walcott, what he does from here onwards is vital and would decide where he ends up in his career.
In the words of Wenger, “It’s the coming few years which would decide whether he is able to make the transformation from a good forward to a legendary forward.”
However, Wenger praised Walcott for not getting carried away with the stardom that came to him at such an early age.
The boss said, “He became a star in his teenage only, but, it didn’t affect his personality at all. He has remained a very modest person and it’s something he should be credited for. It’s not easy for a youngster to handle the fame smoothly.”