Sunday, December 30th, 2012
“My desire is to extend his contract. He belongs here and hopefully we can do it. Should he have had a disastrous game today, it would not have altered my determination to extend his contract. Today just typifies what I think he can do through the middle. The first goal was a Thierry Henry-type goal and he showed great determination with the third. He has become a good finisher. He has learned a lot because he is an intelligent player. Because he is intelligent he will continue to improve.” - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
“Hopefully I’ve opened a few eyes. It’s just a different option.” – Theo Walcott on playing in the main striker role for Arsenal.
Leaving aside the ongoing contract issues, Theo Walcott is in incredible form. The former Southampton forward has scored ten goals in his last ten matches and is displaying some excellent finishing.
Walcott’s first goal against Newcastle was Thierry Henry-esque. The second was an emphatic finish. And the third, late on, was excellent trickery and a lovely chip over Tim Krul.
The fact Walcott also chipped in with two assists for Olivier Giroud, the first an excellent cross, added up to one of the finest performances of the season in the Premier League so far.
With the form Walcott is now showing, it is simply incredible that Arsenal have allowed his contract to run down in such a manner. Especially after so many high profile players have left in recent years.
The Emirates rose as one post-match to celebrate Walcott’s performance and the England flyer spent a little too long for some with a lap of honour, fearing he could leave in the coming weeks.
After all, Walcott can agree a a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from join a Premier League side for free in the summer from any time after this coming Tuesday.
Every touch by Theo Walcott in Arsenal’s 7-3 demolition of Newcastle can be seen below.