Over the last few years, Arsenal Football Club before now have paid more attention to grooming their very own stars as well as recruiting young talents ‘on a cheap’ and have somewhat stayed clear off signing expensive and already-made stars. Although the club’s grooming culture still runs, but with the recent financial boom at Arsenal, a lot has changed and the club has in less than a year made two marquee club record signings.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott was one player who in 2006 was recruited by Arsene Wenger for somewhat ‘on a cheap’ drawing many criticism about the players ability with some critics going over the board with their remarks.
Now Alan Hansen admits he was wrong to say Theo Walcott did not have a ‘football brain’ and has applauded the Arsenal star for ‘showing two fingers’ to his comment.
The Scot – who stepped down as a BBC and Match of the Day pundit following the World Cup final after more than two decades on the television – made the remark about the England forward four years ago.
But Hansen believes Walcott has proved that his judgment about him was wrong.
‘Four years ago, I said that Theo Walcott did not have a “football brain”, without realising that my comments would be misinterpreted to such an extent,’ he wrote in his farewell column in the Daily Telegraph.
‘The meaning of my observation was not as brutal as it may have come across, but nonetheless, I was critical of Walcott’s ability and I am pleased to say that Theo has proved me wrong one million per cent.
The Former Liverpool star who captained the Reds to the 1990 League championship withdrew his remarks on the pacy Arsenal star. Insisting that the 25-year-old has proved his worth at Arsenal four-years after he made such statement.
The veteran pundit also hailed the manner at which Walcott responded to his remark, showering praises at the Arsenal forward star who could not make it to the just concluded World cup finals in Brazil with the Three Lions due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee. An injury which he picked up since the start of the year.
‘He is a proper player and I have to admit that my comments about him were the only time that I have ever been happy to be wrong.
‘Theo is an intelligent boy, very bright, with genuine ability and he has given the best possible response to my remarks by pretty much showing two fingers to what I said.’ He added.