Watt a great month for U’s star Sanchez

SANCHEZ Watt is not only impressing everyone at Colchester United – he is also catching the eye of his parent club, Arsenal.

Flying winger Watt enjoyed a fantastic first month on loan with the U’s, and he is looking to make even bigger strides during the second and third months of his three-month deal.

The 21-year-old netted a glorious solo goal, in the U’s 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury last Saturday, to add to his first goal for the club in the 1-0 home success over Stevenage.

He certainly has no regrets about leaving the glamour of the Emirates, for regular first-team football in League One.

“I didn’t want to just sit in the Arsenal Reserves,” explained Watt.


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“I’m glad I came to Colchester, because we are playing the same formation as Arsenal, and I’m learning all the time.

“I’m getting good feedback from Arsenal.

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“They just tell me to keep playing well, and keeping helping Colchester.

“I’m here to make the manager proud at Colchester, and if I do that, then I make Arsene Wenger proud as well.”

Since Watt arrived at the Community Stadium, together with fellow Arsenal loanee Craig Eastmond, the U’s have risen from 23rd to 12th in just over four weeks.

New manager Joe Dunne is rightly getting the plaudits for this dramatic change of fortunes, and Watt is one of his biggest fans.

“I’ve been impressed with everything at Colchester, the whole set-up,” enthused Watt.

“I love playing football, and we are playing in the right way. It’s given us confidence, and I think the fans have started to appreciate this.

“The fans are making a lot of noise at home, and also coming to away games in their numbers.

“Colchester suits my style of play. The manager has given us a lot of confidence, and a lot of belief, which is a big word.

“He wants us to be better players, and I think all of us are improving.

“When I first came, everyone was a bit on edge, but we are now used to each other.

“I want to become a better player, on and off the ball, rather than just play games.”

The U’s have a break from League action this coming Saturday, when they take on Essex neighbours Chelmsford City in a mouth-watering FA Cup first round tie at Melbourne Park.

Watt is hoping to be granted permission to play, by Arsenal boss Wenger.

“I hope I’m allowed to play, I hope so,” explained Watt.

“We’re going to see what the gaffer says at Arsenal.

“I want to play. I’m sure that game will be a noisy affair, and I love those sort of games.

“They are always hyped up, with the crowd making noise, and that’s why I became a footballer.”

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