Theo Walcott will not be able to feature for Arsenal for the next couple of weeks as he is still trying to recover completely from the surgery that he had gone through last month.
The English forward had started light training recently and he was expected to be one of the substitutes in the upcoming Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund, but, that wasn’t the case to be. Yesterday, he felt the pain in his abdomen again and the medical team decided that he needed to be on the sidelines for a bit more time.
Talking to the reporters about Walcott’s fitness yesterday, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said, “Theo felt a bit of pain today and he has been ruled out for the next few games. He needs at least 15 more days to be able to return.”
After the game against Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal has to play a Premier League game against Crystal palace and then, they will face Chelsea in a Capital One Cup game. Walcott will not make appearance in either of those two games. He has a slight chance of making it to the squad for the game against Liverpool which will take place on 2nd of November.
Because of his abdominal surgery, Walcott hadn’t featured for England in the World Cup qualifying games recently. On his place, Andros Townsend got the opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands. Now, when Walcott returns, he will have to compete with this youngster for a place in the starting line up.
England has to play a couple of friendly matches against Chile and Germany respectively next month and Walcott is expected to be named in the squad for those two games. Both those games will be organized at the Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has revealed the last three weeks of his contract wrangle with the club last season were easily the most stressful as well as pressurized moment of his life.
The winger cum striker had a very productive season last term for the Gunners, scoring 21 goals in all competitions for the club and finishing as the club’s top scorer as well and it was arguably the most successful season he has had in North London since his move to the club from Southampton.
And the England international winger managed to achieve that feat in spite an ongoing contract dispute with the club with the club reportedly being close to selling the player after he refused to put pen to paper on a new and improved contract with the club worth around £ 75,000 per week. The player and his agent were holding out for a contract worth over £ 100,000.
However, after months of speculation regarding his future at the Emirates Stadium, Theo Walcott signed a new contract worth upwards of £ 90,000 a week. And speaking of last season, the player admitted that it was arguably his best season in an Arsenal shirt as he finished as the club’s top scorer and added that not many people would have considered it at the start of the season.
But he mentioned that he had always known he could be a proven goal scorer and it is a great feeling when things fall in place and added that not only his goal scoring, he was happy with his overall form as he provided plenty of assists as well.
However, Theo Walcott did mention that the weeks of contract standoff with the club was something that he doesn’t want to happen again as he was left co completely stressed out.
Theo Walcott has assured the English fans that the Three Lions will eventually be able to make it to the World Cup 2014 finals which will take place in Brazil.
England’s qualifying group is H. They are at no. 2 in the points table of that group. They have played 6 matches and secured 12 points which is 2 less than the points tally of the table toppers Montenegro.
Only one team from the group will make it to the finals. So, the Three Lions need to raise the standard of their performance in their remaining 4 World Cup qualifying games.
England will play 3 out of those 4 games in front of their home crowd. So, that’s a positive for them.
When asked about England’s World Cup qualification chances, Walcott said, “I think we will eventually make it. We still have 4 games left and if we live up to our potential in those games, qualification shouldn’t be a problem.”
“I don’t think any team in the group is better than us. We should have been at the top of the table by now, but, unfortunately, things didn’t go according to the plan in a few games and we are at no. 2 at the moment. But, we will be at the top soon.”
When asked if playing in front of the home crowd puts extra pressure on the team, Walcott said, “At this level, there is pressure all the time and you have to deal with it. Only then you are going to be a successful player.”
England will play its next World Cup qualifying match against Moldova on 6th of September at the Wembley Stadium, but, before that match, they have to play three friendly games against Republic of Ireland, Brazil and Scotland respectively.
The German international Thomas Müller has said that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should not take the German opposition Bayern Munich lightly in the two sides face each other in the last 16 stage of the Champions League.
Bayern Munich have already managed a convincing 3-1 win in the first leg, and they are the favourites to progress to the next round. Even though Wenger has stated that the task to overcome Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena is almost impossible, he is expected to rest a number of key players like Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott. Hence, there has been suggestions that Wenger is taking the game lightly.
Müller, who scored in the first match between the two teams, has said that Wenger will be making a big mistake by not taking them seriously. He has said that Bayern will not give Arsenal any mercy in the match. After opening 20 point advantage in the league, Bayern are expected to shift their focus to the Champions League. They have finished as the finalists in the competition on two times in the last three years. Müller has said that him and his teammates are desperate to finally lift the trophy after coming so close in recent years.
“I don’t have any worries we might take the match too lightly. We will step on the gas. Even if something goes wrong in the match, we should be able to pick ourselves up,” said the German international. "They could have won 4-0, they had the chances, so it shows they are a strong team and capable of making up the gap if they have to. I respect Arsène Wenger very much. He is a top manager and Arsenal are a fighting team,” said the Bayern Munich manager Heynckes ahead of the match.
The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has hailed Theo Walcott for his brilliant form in the recent times and has said that he wants the English striker to keep playing for the Gunners for many more years. Wenger also said that the contract disputes between Walcott and Arsenal management have almost been sorted out and Walcott is set to sign a new deal.
When asked about Walcott’s brilliant form in recent times, Wenger said, “He has been in great nick of late. He is one of those guys who don’t get affected by the issues outside the field. Even when there were contract disputes, I didn’t see any difference in him while training or even during the matches. He just looked fine.”
“Some people can’t play well when they struggle with personal problems. But, Walcott is not one of them. When he goes on to the field, he just puts his personal issues behind and gives his 100%. This is an incredible quality to have.”
“He has matured as a player over the years. If he had been in the same scenario three years back, he might have reacted differently. But, now, he has got more composed. Even on the field, you can notice that. He doesn’t get carried away now and remains calm most of the time.”
“But, I think he still has to work on a few aspects of his game and he has got enough time to do that. He is only 23 years of age and many players begin their career at this age. If he keeps working hard, he can become one of the greats in the game.”
When asked if the contract issues with Walcott have been sorted out, Wenger said, “Yes, the dispute has almost been resolved. It has been carrying on since quite a while, but, things are going in the right direction now and hopefully, Walcott would sign a new contract pretty soon.”
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the situation of the star midfielder Theo Walcott, Arsene Wenger has come out by saying that even if Theo Walcott leaves the club in the January transfer window, the club will be looking to replace him with another big-name.
He has also said that there is every chance that they could also create a new start as well. The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has seen a number of big players leave the club over the last few seasons. Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, and Robin van Persie are some of the players who have decided to go for pastures new.
This is partly down to the inability of Arsenal to win trophies, while they are also unable to compete with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Chelsea in terms of wages. The Arsenal manager has been criticised heavily in recent seasons for his inability to guide Arsenal to a major trophy. There is a feeling amongst Arsenal fans that the club is more focused on the financial and business aspect of things rather than the playing stuff. Theo Walcott's contract comes to an end this season and there has been no progress made into tying the player on a long-term deal.
"You think I'm not fed up? I want them to stay. He [Walcott] was fantastic last year in this game. He will certainly be again. Its always important to keep your best players. If that should happen we'll replace him with someone - another big name. Or make another big name. I have discussions every day with Theo Walcott, but not every day about his contract - his agents do that," said Arsene Wenger regarding the situation surrounding Walcott. The player was signed from Southampton for £ 12 million back in 2006.
Arsenal has defeated Coventry City by a huge margin of 6-1 in a Capital One Cup encounter played at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday. Theo Walcott was the hero of Arsenal’s victory. The English striker scored two goals for his team.
Earlier, Arsene Wenger made some changes in the starting line up for this match. Some youngsters were given the opportunity including Nico Yennaris and Francis Coquelin.
The stadium was jam packed with Arsenal supporters as expected. More than 58,000 people came to watch the match and they would have enjoyed every single bit of it. Their team absolutely demolished Coventry City. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 39th minute. The goal was set up by Coquelin, but, when Giroud got the ball, there was still a lot of work to be done. But, he gave it a brilliant finish with a left footed strike. The goalkeeper was advancing to stop the ball, but, he was easily beaten by that brilliant strike from Giroud. At the half time break, the score was 1-0.
But, in the second half, Arsene Wenger’s boys were on fire. Arsenal’s lead was doubled in the 57th minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain blasted the ball into the net from a distance of 25 yards.
The score became 3-0 in the 63rd minute when Andrey Arshavin capitalized on an aerial pass from Giroud and just dabbed it past Murphy to give Coventry the third blow.
Just after 10 minutes, Walcott scored his first goal in the match. It was a single handed effort by the Englishman. He entered the penalty box after getting rid of two Coventry players and then flicked the ball into the far corner of the net to make the score 4-0.
Coventry restored some pride with Callum Ball’s goal in the 78th minute. He capitalized on Baker’s cross and put the ball into the goal post to give the Coventry supporters something to cheer about.
Two goals were still to come in the match. Ignasi Miquel got into the act with a wonderful header and then, Walcott wrapped up the game with a last minute goal.
Arsenal will play its next match against Chelsea on 29th of September at the Emirates Stadium.
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Many international sports are becoming popular across the globe. Citizens of other countries are becoming avid followers of the game. One game that seems to have a large global appeal is football. There are numerous organized football leagues all over the world. Perhaps the most successful one of these to be exported is the English Premier League. More than 200 countries are able to watch the sport live. These foreign TV rights bring in additional revenue for the Premier League which is almost £500 million annually.
Australia is one nation that has many Premier League fans. Many of these fans have their favourite football clubs. Perhaps they are big fans of United or die hard Burnley enthusiasts. Overall, a vast majority of Australians follow the four major clubs of the Premier League. These would include Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. The overwhelming majority seem to back Manchester United with Liverpool fans being a close second. Some of the fan base in Australia has been encourage by seeing Aussie Tim Cahill participate in the Premier League.
Whatever the team, many Australians follow the game. There is a time difference between England and Australia. Australia of course is hours ahead of England. Therefore, many Australians must record the matches rather than watch them live. However, many night owls will stay up watching the events live. Also, Premier League Football is popular in sports pubs across Australia. Also, fantasy leagues based on the EPL are popular in Australia.
One of Australia’s sports channels carries all of the English Premier Games live. Also, they permit viewers to switch between as many as five games on one channel. Australia’s number one sport continues to be Aussie Rules football. However, many Aussies do enjoy following the Premier League which remains popular. In fact, some people follow both sports.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has become the latest injury victim for the England national team after it was revealed that the 23-year-old winger will be missing the friendly match against Italy that will take place on Wednesday. Roy Hodgson will have the chance to experiment with a number of new players, but he would have been hoping to have the Arsenal winger Theo Walcott in his team. Theo Walcott is coming on the back of an impressive season with Arsenal, which has led to rumours linking him with a move to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.
The winger has only one season left on his current contract and could leave on a free to the aforementioned clubs. Due to his age, Theo Walcott has become one of the most wanted free transfer in the market. The former Southampton winger has already stated that he would like to make his decision regarding his Arsenal future depending upon the decision of the star striker Robin van Persie. The Dutchman was recently sold to Manchester United for £ 24 million and it is expected that they Walcott will follow suit soon. A number of influential players will be missing for this friendly.
"Walcott reported with a slightly bruised thigh and was unable to train fully, so has returned to his club as a precaution," said a statement on the official English FA website. The England manager Roy Hodgson has previously stated that he would like to bring in many young faces into the national team before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. However, he has also stated the importance of older players like Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick within the squad. Lampard is expected to be called up for the national team after missing out on the Euro 2012 due to injury.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has said that he is extremely optimistic about the chances of England at the forthcoming major tournaments like the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Euro 2016. England failed to once again progressed past the quarter-final stage of a major competition after they lost on penalties to Italy.
Theo Walcott has been one of the surprise packages of the England's Euro 2012 campaign. Even though his Arsenal teammates Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain was preferred to the starting line-up in the match against France, Theo Walcott proved his quality in the latter stages of the tournament.
England were defeated 4-2 on penalties by Italy the quarter-final stage of the competition. Despite the heartbreak in the quarter-final stage once again, Theo Walcott has said that he is confident that England can do well in the upcoming major tournaments. The 23-year-old Arsenal winger is entering into the final year of his Arsenal contract, with many rumours suggesting that he is set to depart the club in the same manner as Robin van Persie. Chelsea have been rumoured to be the possible destination for the former Southampton winger, who has never really fulfilled his potential at Arsenal. However, the last season was probably his best with Arsenal till date.
"We have got to look forward to the future because it is going to be bright. I am sure of that. We have to have our heads raised up high and we have got to look forward to the World Cup qualifiers coming up soon. We'll have a good break, and everyone deserves it, but a lot of experience was learnt in that game against Italy, especially for the young players - and I am one of them," said Walcott after the Euro 2012 exit. Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott both have only one year left on their contracts.