Thursday, March 12, 2009

Theo on penalties

Not much to report about the weekend yet. Talk is still mired in the aftershocks of yesterday's shootout win over Roma. That said, interesting comments in the Times of London from Theo Walcott regarding penalties:

Theo Walcott was thrilled. "The dressing-room after the game was like we'd just won the World Cup final," he said. The winger scored his spot-kick as Arsenal prevailed in sudden-death and the 19-year old is indebted to James Beattie, the Stoke City striker, formerly of Southampton, where Walcott started his senior career.

"It's all about positive thinking," Walcott said, adding that Beattie was "probably one of the best penalty-takers" he has seen. "It was my first penalty shoot-out," he said. "I had a dry throat going towards the goal but I didn't look at the goalkeeper. Sometimes they might try to put you off."

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