Walcott should learn from the master… when Henry was in the zone there was no stopping him
09:18 GMT, 31 December 2012
When Thierry Henry was in the zone, he was driven, there was a real fierce determination about him.
You could see it in his eyes. And I think that is coming into Theo Walcott's make-up now.
At the moment, the reason for this is that he wants to prove he deserves to stay at the club. But when that is taken care of, he needs to carry on producing.
In the zone: Thierry Henry gave his team-mates hope with his drive and determination
Walcott needs to want it for wanting's sake. He needs to stay in this same thought process because it is bringing the best out of him at the moment.
When Walcott went home on Saturday night, he must have felt like a proud man – on top of the world with a tremendous feeling of satisfaction.
He needs to want to produce that same feeling next time he steps out on the pitch.
You do not stop until you feel that joy of winning, and that comes from scoring the goals that win matches.
Henry gave us tremendous hope. Without those players, you do not finish off the hard work because you don't score goals.
This transition from winger to centre forward has been seven years in the making and the club have probably been waiting for this to happen.
And right now, it's like Walcott is saying: 'Take a look at me at centre forward. This is where I really want to play.'
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There is much more purpose and precision, and there seems to be a shift in his mentality, underlined by the way he took his third goal.
Walcott gets knocked to the ground but bounces back up again looking for a goal. There's that hunger to score – the same hunger Henry had.
Furthermore, his first goal had all the precision of Henry. And for me, that is the difference; he is more clinical in front of goal.
There was not the consistency to his finishing three or four years ago, but that consistency is there now. And I think that has come with a change of mindset.
Yes, he has maybe proved a point. But what he has to focus on is scoring goals and winning games for Arsenal. It's not about just performing well and looking good.
I think maybe, in the past, there has been that element to his game. But if you focus on what matters, winning football matches, it is easier as a professional footballer to go out there and do well.
Back in town: Henry is currently back training with his former club