Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been speaking to the Gunners’ website about wearing the shirt number previously worn by Thierry Henry.
Walcott started life at Arsenal as the club’s number 32, but he would later switch to the number 14 that was worn with aplomb by the former French international.
On the switch, Walcott said, “I didn’t realise at the time that 14 was Thierry and when I did take it, I realised that it was his. I had the opportunity to see him in the flesh and work with him every day.
“I’m proud to wear the number.”
Walcott has featured 296 times for Arsenal to date, scoring 72 goals and providing 62 assists in that time.
In comparison, Henry played 368 times for Arsenal, scoring a remarkable 226 goals and setting up a teammate on 60 occasions.
Walcott will never be close to the player Henry was, but that is not to say he cannot still have a considerable influence in North London if he can remain clear of injury in what could be the prime of his career.
He certainly has the talent, while wearing the number of an Arsenal great has not been the burden that such things have been for some players.
Only time will tell if the player who ultimately takes the number 14 short from Walcott speaks about the challenge of following in the footsteps of the England star as well as the French legend.