Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has revealed that he based his game on Premier League legends Michael Owen, Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg in order to develop into the player he is today.
Today marks the day Walcott made his debut for us against Aston Villa nine years ago after what was a high-profile few months for the England international.
Having turned 26 in March, Walcott has come a long way during his time with us and he revealed that the aforementioned trio shape the way he currently plays.
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“I used to watch of Michael Owen, especially when he broke into the team with that goal against Argentina,” Walcott told Spencer FC.
“And then I was a massive fan of Thierry (Henry). I got told by a coach ‘pass it into the net with power’, and Thierry would do that all the time.
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“When I started playing on the wing, I watched a lot of Freddie Ljungberg. I think his runs he made on, and off, the ball were one of the best.”
Walcott’s last example is interesting given that, despite the natural comparisons with Henry and his similarities to Owen when he was younger, he has essentially become our heir apparent to the super Swede.
Given that he’s mostly spent his time out wide, the fact that Walcott is 24 goals away from joining the 100 Club is some feat. He may want to play through the middle, but Walcott has done some damage for us throughout the years when positioned out wide.
Check out his full interview below.