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Arsenal’s Theo Walcott struggling to keep pace with Spurs’ Aaron Lennon in sprint for World Cup glory

He went to the World Cup as a fresh-faced 17-year-old in 2006, and after a stellar evening in Zagreb was expected to be the main man for England in South Africa this summer. But injuries, and a failure to develop as expected, have seen Theo Walcott lose his international place to a club rival who has no intention of giving it back…

Brothers in arms: But Walcott and Lennon might find come June they are fighting for just one spot on the plane to South Africa

Eighteen games, three goals, eight assists.

Eight games, one goal, one assist.

That’s the difference in statistics in the Premier League this season between the impressive Aaron Lennon and his fellow England winger, Theo Walcott.

While Lennon has drawn plaudits for his performances for Tottenham Hotspur this season, 20-year-old Walcott has struggled for both form and fitness for London rivals Arsenal — to such an extent that he is in real danger of losing his once-secure England place.

The Arsenal man may have provided one of the most memorable moments of England’s successful World Cup qualification with his hat-trick against Croatia in Zagreb, but it is Lennon who — after starring in the return fixture with Slaven Bilic’s men that finally secured England’s World Cup berth — is starting to look the front-runner for the right-wing position in Fabio Capello’s side. Continue reading

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Sport, World Football | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Could Theo Walcott Profit From A Change in Position?

Good this season, but not great. Might shifting to the left wing allow Theo Walcott to find the right path?

Walcott: Flying without wings?

Walcott: Flying without (right) wings?

Having signed a new contract with Arsenal last week, the immediate future for Theo Walcott looks secure. Injuries permitting, the 20-year-old has already established himself as a regular presence in the Gunners team, and has looked dangerous on the many occasions he has played.

He has progressed steadily, if unspectacularly, since arriving in North London in January 2006.

Having watched him on Sunday in his team’s disappointing defeat to rivals Chelsea, however, I couldn’t shake off one question that the England international’s performance kept bringing to mind:

Would Theo Walcott be more successful if moved to Arsenal’s left-wing?

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May 11, 2009 Posted by | Sport, World Football | , | 1 Comment