Swansea boss gives his verdict on Theo Walcott

12:02 05 January 2013

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates with the match-ball at the end of the match after scoring a hat-trick. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates with the match-ball at the end of the match after scoring a hat-trick. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is aware of the threat Theo Walcott poses when he is played in the striker’s role.

The England international is Arsenal’s top scorer with 14 and the former Denmark international has called on his defenders to be careful.

He said: “He is a threat when he plays wide or through the middle, he is not a centre forward but his pace makes him dangerous to every defence.

“He is faster than 98% of centre-backs so you know you have to be careful as one ball and he is gone.

“Speed is very important - obviously speed without quality is useless - but he has quality as well. He is dangerous even if he is not a number nine.

“I have seen players with only pace and nothing else, but you have to know when to run and what to do with the ball.

“If you are just a runner it is not enough, you should go star in ‘Forrest Gump’ or something like that.

“This is football, even if centre-backs are not as fast they can be clever so you cannot only have pace.

“He has real quality and it means it is a different Arsenal team to the one we played at the Emirates last month.”

Related articles


Latest Islington Sports News


A tale of two penalties decided the Islington Primary Schools’ Years 3-4 Boys’ Cup final as St Joan of Arc emerged victorious.

Mon, 13:01

Arsene Wenger turned 67 on Saturday, but his team failed to give him the birthday present he coveted most – three points against Middlesbrough.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Unbeaten Archway light-middleweight Tony Milch intends to demonstrate his championship credentials when he returns to the ring at York Hall next month.

Friday, October 21, 2016

On paper at least, the Gunners face a fairly straightforward contest against a misfiring Middlesbrough side at the Emirates on Saturday. Indeed, William Hill’s 12/1 odds, posted in favour of an away win, provide a clear indication of the strength of Arsenal’s favouritism.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Islington BC’s Jerome Campbell praised his coaching team after reaching the last four of the National Development Championship with a confident display on Sunday.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Oleg Yurkevyah and Constantin Tronciu both netted hat-tricks for Niva FC as they thrashed Wounded Knee 8-0 in the Hackney & Leyton League Premier Division.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Arsenal’s first match against Bulgarian opposition was a successful one, as Arsene Wenger’s men ran out comfortable 6-0 winners on matchday three of the Uefa Champions League group stage.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Andy Maud finished second on his Metropolitan League debut to lead Highgate Harriers to victory in their opening race of the season at Claybury.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now