Adebayor - Speedy Walcott can impress again
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 1:10:50 PM
The Champions League education of Theo Walcott will continue tonight and, once again, a match against Slavia Prague will be his classroom.
The 18-year-old taught the Czech League leaders a painful lesson at Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago with two goals in that 7-0 demolition. It was his first European start and he was paired up front with Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese striker was impressed with what he saw.
"We all know that Theo is a good player and we all trust him as well,” said the 23-year-old. "He is someone who has got everything.
“He is still young and is still learning but for sure he can do something good again tonight.
"The way he plays is unbelievable at times because he is running from everywhere. Theo is very quick and uses his pace very well.”
In his pre-match press conference, Wenger did not guarantee that Walcott would reprise his role up front. He may be used on the right in a much-changed Arsenal side however the manager is trying to fast-track the youngster on the back of his fine form recently.
"Theo is doing well at the moment,” said the Frenchman. “He was good against Sheffield United in the Carling Cup as well as the first game against Slavia Prague.
"I’ll give him experience as much as I can, but he is very close to the team anyway. This is another good opportunity for him."