Many have predicted a big year for the pacey young forward, and in given the physical frailties of the players in front of him, whether or not Theo Walcott can perform consistently could be one of the key success factors for the whole season.
Arsène Wenger can have given him no higher vote of confidence than to hand him Thierry Henry's vacated no. 14 shirt, and, whilst further comparison's can be drawn between Walcott's pacey running style and that of the French legend, the youngster from Stanmore will have to improve on his consistency and efficiency if he's ever going to live up to those levels of expectation. With time on his side, Theo will be hoping to gain a more regular place in Fabio Cappello's England side, and over the course of the coming season there can be no better place for him to showcase his talent.
Last season's wonder-assist against Liverpool brought most of the nation to it's feet, and his blistering pace cutting in from the right hand side could put most defenders in the world on the back foot. Exciting times are most certainly ahead.
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