Being a United fan, it galls me to hear neutrals describe Arsenal as the team that plays the most beautiful football. It is at once effective and attractive in its simplicity, and yet pulling it off is difficult enough that there really can be only one Wenger, and only one Arsenal.
But when you see 17 year olds like Theo Walcott come to Arsenal and have the world comparing them to Thierry Henry, you know that in Wenger Arsenal have someone special. In the last 10 years no one can doubt that Arsenal have been transformed into a European heavyweight only because of the oversight of the Frenchman. And not only Arsenal…Wenger’s influence, like that of Ferguson, extends to the Premiership and he has played his part in changing the way football was played there.
Here’s a look at Theo Walcott (when is he going to start playing more regularly for Arsenal?) in action for England U21 – his two goals helped seal a 3-0 aggregate win over Germany U21 and helped them qualify for the U21 championships next year.