Theo Walcott's name has been bubbling up in all media formats this week as the young Arsenal striker begins to really make a stand with his performances on the field.
The Reading-Arsenal game in the Capital One Cup was astonishing; there were goals galore as Arsenal ran out 7-5 winners on the night and Theo Walcott grabbed a hat-tick.
It was one of those crazy games that only ever occur once every few years. The atmosphere was buoyant, both teams showed passion and determination. Both wanted to win this one and it was clear from the performances.
But one man stood out on the night—Theo Walcott. The former Saints striker has recently been in the media for refusing to sign a new contract at Arsenal. The player wants to play down the middle, but many fans and pundits had big question marks on whether the player fulfill this position.
Even Arsene Wenger had his doubts when he preferred to play Gervinho down the middle before Walcott. However, the Englishman proved he could be clinical against Coventry. In the Reading game, Walcott showed how he has come of age, showing amazing composure in front of goal and maturity throughout the game. His runs were direct using his pace to swiftly drive past defenders and he showed a real hunger for goals.
Even Arsene Wenger was impressed, telling Arsenal.com:
"He has good pace, [makes] excellent, intelligent runs, and what has changed with Theo is he’s become a very good finisher. I would take an example of his first goal the other night at Reading. It’s a real ‘finisher’s’ goal.”
But there is a stumbling block now. Theo Walcott's contract runs out in the summer and the manager is in a hurry to tie him up.
"I’ve not thought about that [losing him], because at the moment I think we will still manage to make a deal with him,” he said. “There is urgency [about sorting it out]. We want to sort it out before Christmas, one way or the other,” said the manager.
Walcott must take his cup forms into the Premier League starting today against Manchester United. He needs to show that he can be a menace against any team and show consistency.
Fans and pundits will take him seriously, his wish to play as striker maybe granted and hopefully he will sign a new contract.