Theo Walcott - Skysports ©
As if the young lads goal against Liverpool in a Champions League semi final some years ago didn't tell you, if his hattrick for England didn't tell you, then at least his goal against Barcelona after coming on as a sub told you - This kid has GOT IT!
England awaits you Mr Walcott after this superb cameo appearance!
After only 2 minutes I was seriously thinking "what the hell have I bet on here?" It was excruciating to watch but yet also freshingly absorbing as Barcelona literally pummelled Arsenal into submission in the opening exchanges. However early on, one man on the Arsenal team had not read the script and he was Manuel Almunia who incredibly managed to keep a clean sheet going into half time at 0-0 despite the barrage of shots that had peppered his goalmouth.
0-0 at halftime and I was staring blankly at my TV set thinking absolutely EVERY SINGLE BET I've placed has absolutely **** all chance of coming in now! ....Well what a difference 45 minutes makes! That's all I can say.
Second half began with an instant goal for Barcelona after a mere 23 seconds of play. This meant I only needed 2 more goals from any team to end up in profit and with 44 minutes left I felt mildly confident now as I assumed Arsenal would crack under the pressure and Barcelona would have it sewn up before the 2nd leg.
Once again obviously, I was wrong! Barcelona did indeed go onto grab another goal but then the road-runneresque Theo Walcott came on! The only English player to play on the night!
Within seconds he caused havoc and by now I was merely just hoping for a third goal for some minor profits. I was hoping it would be Arsenal just so it kept it entertaining for my 2-2 draw bet. After less than 10 minutes of being on the pitch Walcott showed unequalled pace and slotted a shot past the dopey Spanish keeper (he is really crap, I cant even be bothered trying to remember his name). It was game on now and I knew I had at least made a few quid from staking big on over 2.5 goals!
I didn't expect Arsenal to score again but then they got a penalty! I would have danced, if I wasn't so lazy! When the penalty went in I gave it the usual roar "GET IN!". I had 7 or so minutes left plus injury time and I'd made a sizeable chunk from a brilliant and compelling football match. It had all the attributes of a Foreman vs Ali boxing match and a pleasure to watch... and indeed, it did end in a fantastic 2-2 draw!
Now I have got some money for my trip to Aintree... providing the trains don't strike!