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Football: Henry is confined to history by Theo; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

THEO WALCOTT insists Arsenal have "forgotten" about Thierry Henry amid their blazing start to the season.

And the 18-year-old is eager to forge his own reputation as a Gunners legend after his stellar display in the 7-0 victory over Slavia Prague invited caparisons with the Frenchman.

"In a way everyone was disappointed when Thierry left," said Walcott.

"But at the same time we have sort of forgotten about him at the moment with us doing so well.

"However, he is doing brilliantly at Barcelona and I wish him all the best."

Wenger afterwards admitted Walcott's second goal had a "touch of Henry about it".

But Walcott added: "People are going to compare the second goal to Thierry but it was my goal.

"I trained with Thierry for a year and a half. It was brilliant to train with him every day and take bits out of his game, but I'm my own player.

"I just want to be my own player and get a few more goals. People are always going to compare me to Thierry - the way I run and everything - but as I keep saying I will be my own player."

Wenger's pounds ;m signing is finally proving his worth after his premature call up to Sven Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad drew ridicule.

Walcott said: It's been up and down for me in the past but that's gone now. It's in the past and it's all uphill now.

"The two goals are a weight off my shoulders in a way," he added.

"I played against Reading as a striker. The boss signed me as a striker so I think I'll be a striker. But I can play anywhere, which helps as well."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2007
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