Wenger on Walcott’s “Special Destiny”

As we all know, Theo Walcott has been at Arsenal since the tender age of 16, but 10 years down the line at a prime age of 26, we have not seen him reach his full potential as we had once hoped. 

Arsene Wenger is determined to keep the Englishman on his books for the foreseeable future though, despite speculation over his future with halting contract negotiations and only a year to left to run on his current deal.

Having just made his 300th appearance for the club, Wenger commented on Walcott’s “special destiny” in his programme notes, and reiterated his point in his press conference today.

“Special destiny because it’s unusual that a boy at 17 years old goes to the World Cup.

“After, he had the problem when England went to Brazil he was not selected by Capello… In 2014 he was injured.

“It’s special when a boy goes at 17 to the World Cup, you think he will make four or five appearances [at World Cups].

“He’s a special player with as well special tests on the mental front, and he overcame them all.

“He will have a special destiny as a player because nothing happens like planned with him, but he always responds in a very strong way.”

Walcott has spent much of this season out after being hampered by an injury he picked up in last years FA Cup Third Round win over Tottenham. Despite coming back into the fold during the latter stages of this season, he has be unable to break back into the starting eleven following a great run of form by the team.

However, Arsene Wenger claimed his desire to keep Walcott at the start of May: “Being 26 to 32 is the best age as a striker and I wouldn’t like to miss that golden age.”

The manager thinks there’s a lot more to come from Theo, and hopefully he’s right.

Tomas Rosicky Commits to Arsenal

Fan favourite, Tomas Rosicky, is set to stay on at Arsenal for another year having just extended his current contract with the club until summer 2016. 

At 34 years of age, this is something we rarely see from Arsene Wenger who often neglects to keep players on too long after 30, demonstrating the quality and energy that Rosicky still has to give on the pitch; traits we have always admired.

Yet speculation was rife over his future earlier on in the season, with it looking very doubtful this one-year extension would happen prior to now.

Speaking back in March, Tomas said: “Since the start of the year things have improved, the team has started to play better football and what’s more I’m playing. Compared to the first six months, it’s much better.

“I don’t really know [why I didn’t play]. It’s a good question, I would also like to know.

“We had talked about [me leaving in January] in previous meetings back in September and October, but then the market closed and I couldn’t do anything.

“When you don’t play a single game in December and the market opens, [the prospect of leaving] is obviously on the agenda. Then you start to have second thoughts.”

Following the January transfer period though, Rosicky started to rack up more game time again proving his worth as a valuable member of the squad as Arsenal went on an incredible run of form (bar the Monaco game).

This season the Czech Midfielder has started 7 games and come off the bench on 15 occasions, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist. He has proved time and time again he is a valuable asset to the squad. A player of huge talent who is willing to sacrifice himself for the team, and accepts a lack of game time despite his clear capability to play more.

However, with the team looking “jaded” as Monsieur Wenger has claimed, Rosicky could still have a pivotal role to play off the bench in the FA Cup Final.