Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has claimed that Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott has made such an improvement in his game in the last two years at the Emirates Stadium that the forward is now “the most exciting young English player” the former Celta Vigo stopper has ever seen.
31-year-old Almunia, who is himself legible for British passport in December and could even possibly line-up alongside the former Southampton player for Fabio Capello’s England team in theory believes that his improvement in the Premier League this season is all down to developing a mean streak on the pitch, when Walcott has been fouled and singled out for harsh treatment.
Almunia told the People: “Theo was too nice on the pitch in the last two years. This season you can see when he gets tackled he gets furious sometimes. That's a good thing and shows he is growing up.
“I spoke with him and told him that you have to be a bit more aggressive and not be so nice on the pitch.
“For me, Theo is the most exciting young English player I've seen by far. His skills are incredible.”