Date: 25th October 2007 at 2:14pm
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After Theo Walcott’s fantastic performance against Slavia Prague midweek, his Englishness has inevitably led to much media hype that threatens to spiral out of control.

However, despite being only 18 years of age, the young forward has a wise head on his shoulders, and even though the comparisons with Thierry Henry are complimentary he wants to be left to become an original Theo Walcott instead of an Henry imitation.

Walcott’s second strike led to accusations of the young Gunner emulating Arsenal’s record goal scorer (even though I thought it was more Pires-esque myself) but Theo has his feet formally on the ground, and rightly suggests that even though the loss of Henry was huge……we don’t really miss him.

“It was brilliant to train with him every day and take bits out of his game,” said Walcott to the official website. ‘But I’m my own player.’

“People are going to compare the second goal to Thierry but it was my own goal. I just want to be my own player and get a few more goals. People are always going to compare me to Thierry – the way I run and everything – but as I keep saying I will be my own player.’

“Everyone was disappointed when he left but in a way we have sort of forgotten about him at the moment with us doing so well. But he is doing brilliant at Barcelona and I wish him all the best.”