Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has revealed that he gets ‘quite nervous’ watching The Gunners play from the stands rather than playing a part on the pitch. The 25-year old has been sidelined since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during the 2-0 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup third round back in January.
Walcott – who is slowly easing back into first team action – has admitted that watching the lads play as a fan has made him acknowledge some of the things he never used to consider.
“I’m the sort of person that likes to get involved in everything,” Walcott told Arsenal Player. “I’m quite chilled at times but if it’s getting tense [watching a match] I get quite nervous because I know how hard the guys work throughout the week.”
The England international appreciated how good it was to see a different side of the team from the stands.
He also admitted that seeing the buzz of the people around you when a player does something on the pitch was a new experience which he’ll remember the next time he’s on the pitch.
He added that having the whole view of the pitch by watching from the stands is much easier and he feels for the players when he’s having a go at them saying:
“You should have done this.”
Nonetheless having had the best of both worlds, he recognizes that when on the pitch everything happens instantly and split second decisions determine a lot in the game.
Although Walcott did not feature the way he would have wished in the matches against Slovenia and Scotland during the international break, he could play a part against visiting Manchester United on Saturday.