Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott | Arsenal & England Wonderkid

Everton ended their run of three league matches without a win in the best manner possible.

They thrashed Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison Park in a result that provides a lot of confidence to the blues. Over the last few weeks, confidence has especially been around these parts after the club went through the whole month of October without a league victory. The previous success for the club in the Premier League game against West Brom when a narrow 3-2 victory gave them all three points. The result against Sunderland, though, is much more emphatic.

Theo Walcott made his return to the fold in Arsenal colours after a month on the sidelines with a twenty-six minute cameo appearance against Sunderland that should hopefully put him on the road to full fitness.

The England international has endured his fair share of injuries in recent years, with the calf strain picked up in the shock 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup being the latest setback in Walcott’s career. However, he has shown he has the ability to bounce back on more than one occasion, and at the age of twenty-six, there is still plenty of years ahead of Walcott to put his injury problems behind him and make a real impact for club and country.

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen endured a nightmare 12 months following his move to the Spanish club.

He made only one appearance for the Spanish club last season, as he continued to struggle with a lot of injuries. Last season was almost an identical replica of the 2010-11 campaign with Arsenal when he featured in only five games throughout the campaign. Vermaelen, though, has claimed that he is determined to put this bad season behind him and become an important player for the Catalan club. In his absence, manager Luis Enrique has found a stable partnership at the back for Gerard Pique.

Theo Walcott managed to once again hit the headlines after performing exceptionally well in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Apart from scoring the opening goal, the Arsenal winger also had several chances to double his tally. It was a complete performance from Walcott and one that would convince any manager to start him as a striker. The England international has failed to hit the heights that were once expected from him when he made it to the World Cup 2006 squad as a 17-year-old. Even the player has admitted that his career has not gone in the same direction as he would have hoped.

Theo Walcott has a contract with Arsenal that expires in 2016 and negotiations concerning how long he will stay at the Premier League have started. On January of 2006, Walcott completed his move from Southampton to Arsenal and ever since then he has been performing at the Emirates Stadium where he has made over 200 appearances for the Premier League club.

Even after having stayed such a long time at Arsenal and even with the large amount of appearances that Theo Walcott has made, it still feels like the player has not managed to fully establish himself at the Premier League club as fans are divided in relation if they want to see Walcott remain for another season or simply offload him and cut down the wages of the club as the player is earning around £100,000 per week.

Arsene Wenger has concerns that Arsenal intended to offer winger Theo Walcott a new contract despite concerns that the England international may finally decide to leave the club.

After having been at Arsenal for almost a decade, Walcott is still facing a fight to play regularly as the central striker. Injuries have certainly not helped his career, as the 25-year-old has already overcome several career threatening injuries. Walcott may have signed a new contract only a couple of years ago, but it is set to expire in the summer of 2016. Once again, clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City are showing interest in the speedster.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has come out in praise of defender Kieran Gibbs after the England international has put in some impressive performances in recent times.

It has often been held thatGibbs is a shadow of some of the former Arsenal left back, a list that includes Ashley Cole. The 25-year-old is no longer the youngster who can be allowed to commit a few mistakes in the game. He now joins the Legion of experienced players in the Arsenal team. It is this experience, which has been acquired over the years, that seems to be helping the player.

Arsene Wenger says that winger Theo Walcott needs at least two months before he can be at his lethal best.

The England international recently returned from yet another long-term injury, which has kept him out for almost a year. Walcott has not started a match since January last year when he featured against Swansea. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the FA Cup match against Tottenham. It was widely expected that he would return just in time for the start of this campaign, but his recovery has taken longer than expected.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the wait is almost over and Theo Walcott is only a few days away from making his long awaited return to the pitch after the injury that he picked up in January when playing a FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspurs.
Theo Walcott has missed over 9 months of action as he has had to recover and stay on the sidelines of Arsenal as he watched them playing Premier League matches week after week but not being able to help inside of the pitch besides just managing to cheer them on.
If the last stages of the recovery of Theo Walcott goes as expected and he does not suffer any further setbacks, then he will be available and ready to play on October 18 when Arsenal locks horns with Hull City.

There is someone in the Arsenal squad now who is even faster than Theo Walcott. It’s Hector Bellerin, the 19-year old defender.

Walcott himself disclosed that while interacting with his fans on a social networking site the other day.

As per Walcott, Bellerin, who belongs to Spain, recently completed a 40-metre sprint in lesser time than him.
Somebody had actually asked Walcott who, he thinks, would come first if a sprint race takes place between him and his former teammate and France legend Thierry Henry.

To that, Walcott replied, “I think it would be me. Thierry is in the veteran’s category now and if at this age, I don’t get better of him speed wise, I would be really gutted. It was me only who had left him behind in sprint a few years ago. However, I have also been left behind now, by Hector Bellerin.”

Bellerin had spent his childhood days at Barcelona, but, when he was 16 years of age, he came to England and joined Arsenal.