‘It’s not unfair’ to compare Walcott and Henry, says Gunners boss

12:00 25 January 2013

Thierry Henry during his historic return to Arsenal last season. Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Thierry Henry during his historic return to Arsenal last season. Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

Arsene Wenger thinks that Theo Walcott would not be daunted by comparisons to club record goalscorer Thierry Henry.

The England international has excelled in the central striker role of late after spending much of his Gunners career on the wing.

That is where Gunners legend Henry began before turning into a world class striker at a similar age Walcott is now.

“He is 23 years old and that’s when Thierry started to score goals,” Wenger said today, ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third round trip to Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow.

“He will be a goalscorer of course, but what has improved a lot is [that] his teamwork has become much better.

“He has improved everywhere you can improve. His defensive game is better, his link play is better, his movement is fantastic and his finishing has improve a lot.”

Asked if it was unreasonable to draw comparisons with between the two players, Wenger said: “It’s not unfair in the job we are in, you are compared to people.

“I believe Theo is a very ambitious player and he will not be scared to be compared to a player like Thierry because he played for the same club.

“They have similar qualities but it’s a good example to follow.”

Walcott scored in the 5-1 rout of West Ham on Wednesday – his second in two games - to continue his fine form after signing a new three-year deal earlier this month.

Wenger said: “I think he was good even before he signed his contract, personally.

“One thing I said, even when he had not signed, he always played with the same focus and desire to win the games.

“I couldn’t fault him at all on his commitment on a professional level.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Submit your Arsenal player ratings

Latest Arsenal news

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Arsenal's Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil stand dejected against Monaco (Nick Potts/EMPICS)

Defender Per Mertesacker hopes Arsenal can produce their own “miracle” night in Monte Carlo next month after admitting poor defending looks to have left them on the brink of crashing out of the Champions League against Monaco.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
You could win two tickets to Arsenal v Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium! (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

London24 have teamed up with Europcar Sport to give away a pair of tickets to Arsenal v Liverpool on Saturday April 4 - and you could be the lucky winner.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud looks dejected against Monaco (David Davies/PA)

Arsenal are on the brink of another last 16 exit from the Champions League after their calamitous defeat to Monaco. Here are five of the top talking points from the first leg clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Danny Welbeck shows his dejection during Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Monaco (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Arsenal put in arguably their worst performance of the season on Wednesday night as they lost 3-1 at home to Monaco in the last-16 of the Champions League - causing a frenzy of reaction on Twitter.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Matt Phillips of QPR   (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

QPR wide man Matty Phillips is delighted to be back in and around the R’s squad under Chris Ramsey.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Productivity in America plummeted as everyone got hooked on the Llamagate scandal.

Read more

Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey took to the red carpet at the Leicester Square premiere.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Arsenal Transfer News