Arsene Wenger says he’s not surprised to hear that Theo Walcott is now a Guinness World Record holder although he admits he wouldn’t necessarily have guessed the striker’s ball control would secure him such a feat.
The England international secured his place in the annual book of human achievements by bringing a football under control after it was dropped from a height of 34 metres, beating the previous record, held by professional freestyle footballer John Farworth, by two metres.
Here’s what the boss had to say on the matter on Friday. We sense the irony of Walcott of all people getting the plaudits is not lost on him.
Journalist: Theo Walcott has become a world record holder…
AW: Yes…does that surprise you?
Does it surprise you?
No…It was not necessarily for what I expected him to be a world record holder. It’s true that when you take a ball from a crane and beat the distance and all these super skilful players, you need a super touch.
Were you watching? Did you see it?
No, I didn’t see it.
Are you impressed by what he did, controlling a ball from 34 metres?
Of course. I think you need to do four touches [to bring the ball under control]. It’s absolutely great. He has a great focus capacity does Theo. Of course, he’s more known for his pace, for the quality of his runs and the quality of his finishing and less for the technical skill. It shows that he has that in his locker.
You can watch Walcott becoming the record-holder for “highest altitude football dropped and controlled” below.