The pride on Theo Walcott’s face was almost tangible when the Arsenal forward tucked away his side’s second goal against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
Now you may have been lulled into assuming that Walcott’s beaming smile and ‘cradle’ goal celebration were in direct correlation to the arrival of his baby son Arlo, born a matter of hours before kick-off.
Not so. Indeed, it would appear that after scoring his ninth goal of the season, the 27-year-old was actually mimicking the action of carrying his brand new coffee machine into the kitchen for the very first time.
Speaking to the Telegraph after the match, Walcott explained that his wife Mel has promised to buy him a new Tassimo if he gets to 10 goals by this time next month:
She said ‘if you get ten goals before Christmas I’ll buy you this coffee machine’.
So I can’t wait for that and hopefully it will happen. Coming from the wing as well, I’m obviously delighted with my goals so far.
By our reckoning, that leaves Walcott with six more games in which to reach double figures.
Go get ’em/it, tiger!