Theo Walcott: Thank Arsenal legend Thierry Henry for my form
Arsenal striker Theo Walcott pays tribute to Gunners legend Thierry Henry
Theo Walcott says Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is responsible for the striker’s impressive form.
The England international has scored five goals and has made three assists in his last eight games for club and country.
He has just given me his analysis on myself and, if I’ve needed to ask him some questions about it, he’s always there
Walcott played a key role in Arsenal’s impressive 3-0 victory over bitter rivals Manchester United at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
But the 26-year-old striker paid credit to Arsenal and France legend Henry for helping the England man develop as a goal-scorer.
“Having Thierry at the club now, I have been chatting to him on a personal level behind the scenes to learn things from him,” Walcott is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“He’s with the Under-18s and, at times, I think some of them don’t even know who he is! I’ve had quite a few words with him about some of the games I’ve played.”
The Arsenal forward added that Henry, who was part of the last Arsenal side to win the Premier League title in 2004, has been giving the striker some in-depth analysis.
Walcott continued: “He has just given me his analysis on myself and, if I’ve needed to ask him some questions about it, he’s always there. That’s what coaches are there for. I think, sometimes, you see this generation of players, they’re actually scared to go up to coaches and ask something.
“Going back to the question about when it clicked about going up front, that was one of the things Arsene wanted me to do – to be more aggressive on the pitch. And maybe he’s sensed that I’ve had more aggression.”
Walcott, 26, has moved ahead of France striker Olivier Giroud in the pecking order this season after his recent goal-scoring form.
The former Southampton striker has scored four goals and has made three assist in nine games in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side.