Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been speaking about the importance of Theo Walcott to the Arsenal team, and firmly believes that he will keep getting better. He is also an important figure in the dressing room and was a huge help to the Ox after he joined from Southampton last summer.
The Ox was still 17-years old and was playing in league one, two divisions below Arsenal, when he was signed by Arsene Wenger. It was Theo Walcott, another former Southampton player who helped the young player to settle quickly at the Emirates. Walcott had gone through a similar process when he arrived at the club, training and playing with football legends like Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.
“Theo’s got such a mature head on his shoulders. He’s great on and off the pitch so he’s important for us.
“He was great for me when I first arrived here. He took me under his wing and helped me.
“When he came along, it must have been even more daunting because I think Ashley Cole was the only English player around at the time.
“I’m sure he has learned off the best. He’s getting better and better and there’s no-one better to learn from.
“From the player that I first started watching to the man he is now, he is only getting better and better and he’s only 23.”
Walcott impressed again against Newcastle, scoring a hat-trick and also playing as a winger and setting up goals towards the end. Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that the other players are always teasing Walcott slightly and encouraging him to sign a new contract. It seems as if that will happen soon, which will be great for Arsenal and will obviously please his friend and team mate.