Re-post from 2010: Is Theo Walcott really fucking useless?

Theo Walcott points the way...

Hi, folks. Nearly two years ago, I made this post. I thought I’d offer it up again in order to open a discussion about Theo and how he’s progressed since it was published. Add you views in the comments, or on my Twitter account @_ArmchairGooner
For the past few years I‚??ve watched Theo scurry around the Emirates turf like a startled Rat when somebody turns on the lights. I believe, like quite a few of our squad, Theo has the ability and potential to be absolutely bloody brilliant, but he is yet to show it.

The past season has seen him blighted with injury, making one or two decent appearances and losing his place in the national team to two of the most un-deserving dwarfs in professional football ‚?? a statement backed up by their shambolic showings in their country‚??s colours. All in all, and much like his Arsenal career thus far, it‚??s all been just a little disappointing.

He does frustrate me. He‚??s so unbelievably quick over 10 yards that he‚??d scare the living daylights out of even the most hardened defender, but he doesn‚??t seem to possess a football brain, an instinctive ability to pick the right pass, in the same way Cesc does. Personally, I think he‚??d be a lot more effective employed as a striker where he could finish moves. However, our system doesn‚??t suit that idea, so he‚??s deployed on the right-side of an attacking three.

To me, Theo is a confidence player more so than anyone else in the squad. When things are going against him, he tends to let his head drop and the bad invariably turns to worse. But there are signs of the player he could be with confidence; his performances against Burnley and Barcelona show he could really be brilliant for the Arsenal.

Theo needs games, and he needs them regularly. I‚??ve heard rumblings of him being offered on loan to the Birmingham (I suspect this is horse-shit) to get a full season under his belt, but I don‚??t think that‚??s the answer. The answer is to get him playing regularly and the confidence will follow. He‚??s still a young boy, he still has to mature and he still has time on his side.

That said, for someone who‚??s on a reported 60 thousand pounds a week, we‚??re entitled to expects results from him sooner rather than later, otherwise we‚??re just pouring money down the drain.

I‚??m going to put my neck on the line and say 2010/2011 will be the season where we see just how good Theo Walcott is, and Arsenal are only going to benefit from it. Maybe, just maybe, we‚??ll have another incumbent of the No. 14 shirt to wax-lyrical over.

22 Comments

  1. TV5

    Theo’s just had a bit of a mare the past season.

    It wouldn’t be unfair to say he’s been unlucky, perhaps we’d have seen different results from him if he wasn’t blighted with injury.

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  2. wagert

    This post, and this player, make me very sad. You see – Theo for me was the Great White Hope for many an Arsenal fan. He’s quick, he’s young and he’s English.

    Sad fact is he’s just not good enough. Time after time we’ve seen him make poor final decisions when in a decent position, decline to use his blistering pace when faced with mediocre full backs, and his crossing and shooting, well let’s leave it there shall we.

    Until he gains some confidence and Wenger moves him in off the wings, where he goes missing all too often, I’m afraid that he’ll sink without trace.

    A crying shame – two years ago I was praying that Theo would be the answer.

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  3. Jay-Jay (Post author)

    I totally agree, yet I still hold that last little bit of hope for him.

    On face value, he has all the attributes to succeed – he’s so fast and athletic he terrifies most defenders when he has the ball purely on account of what he could do.

    The trouble is, he rarely does it. There have been some moments of brilliance – that run at Anfield and his hat-trick for England – but these are few and far between.

    Like a lot of our young hopefuls, this coming season could prove make or break for them.

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  4. shrek2be

    He’s a confidence player no doubt, but he’s also a player who relies 90% of the time on our midfield playing well and putting through balls to him in open spaces. Against organized defences due to his limited footballing abilities ,it becomes more tough for him . The more time you give to Theo on the ball for doing things, chances are he’ll flounder . The more urgently he does it,chances are he succeeds more. He lacks composure more than a footballing brain IMO.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Some very good points there, sir.

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  5. Manas

    Theo should have been in short distance run instead of football. He is absolutely useless, no footballing brain, no basic skill. Once he is closely marked, he is gone. If you give him space then he can use his speed. Andrei Arshavin is anyday better than Theo even on his worst day.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      I agree with your comment about how easy it is to closely mark him out of games. Can’t say Arshavin has been much better this season, though.

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  6. esker

    brainless little prick! end of

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Me, or Walcott?

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  7. Ali mills

    Great lad but a useless footballer

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  8. ALEX

    Theo is a sprinter.Period.
    For those one they still think he need game at his belt……dear me !!!…….what more do you want ?????
    Is been there for how many odd seasons and to think that he need more games is just diabolic.Yes is young but there is no know how to pass an opponent —or when to pass the ball—-how to position himself ——.There is nothing and nothing in him except explosive runs.

    Do i need to say that this ARSENAL.
    ARSENAL yes ARSENAL and NOT a mediocre club that they are happy to finish on the top ten.
    Ship him out immediately ……….. now !

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  9. quan

    His mind already tell him to run before the ball comes no matter what. his playing style never fits ars’s style: he cannot control the ball; the ball is always far from this foot, his body’ movement tell them all: his body seems always incline to speed up.

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  10. smootie

    You gooners are completley deluded , We have alex chambelin who has had minimal starts and has blown theo away.stop sucking your fucking dicks gooners and get real he is fucking useless a shambles confidence shot to pieces , he looks over weight fat lazy rat .i would sell that cunt tommorow , when will arsenal supporters wake up and get with the times we have to many under performing players and theo is one of them does he deserve a new contract absolutley not . that boy is one of the fastest players in the prem and he cant take on a dead mouse , he is not th eonly one i am critical of but he has disapointed me the most

    answer – drop him and make him fight for his place

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    1. hobo

      absolutely bang on smootie … can i add if the useless prick signs a new deal then wenger needs to fuck off. They say that no player should be bigger than the club…. well surely no manager should be either!

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  11. NightmarecalledDjourou

    Every team is scared of Theo- so they sit deep and leave him no space. Poor teams double bank him. Class teams don’t have to do that. Instead, they pick on Arteta and Rosicky and Song because they don’t have an engine and cannot close down. This cuts down on Arsenal’s possession which nullifies the Theo threat. Also Song, Rosicky and Arteta can;t get forward to support Theo with triangles, two and ones etc. Theo is not a winger but the only way to release him against top sides is to get the midfield domination back. A fit trio of Rambo, Jack and Diaby (or their carbon copies) could do it. Enough legs to close down and enough power to penetrate. Fab, Flamini and Hleb released front players all the time by doing just that. The next game will demand something different. Passion and guts will be required and if I was Ramsey— would not want to go into those trenches with Rosicky and Arteta.

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  12. meaner

    Start a thread about Ramilson with something like this… when he played well, he is unbelievable talent, when he doesn’t, it is because people forget he is only 21. Either way, nothing will goes wrong with him.

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  13. robin banks

    Theo Walcott is a cunt.

    Taking a claw hammer to his head will do him the world of good – maming that cunt is not good enough.

    And that pathetic smile, fuck me, I want to seriously damage that nob.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      An opinion is one thing, but that kind of idiotic drivel has no place amongst proper football fans.

      Don’t come back here again.

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  14. spurs

    theo for england……………………….. ladies

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Hilarious…..

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  15. wiccc

    Walcott doesn’t cut it. Ever since he joined in 2005, Arsenal won nothing.

    His playing position is far too wide and though he showed glimpse of brilliance from time to time, his 1-2 teamwork, dribbling skills, heading and first touch is still severely lacking (worse than Podolski). He has no football brain, makes the wrong decision, doesnt tackle much, small presence, easily bullied.

    We were lucky he is injured for the fa cup semis, final. Otherwise, it would have been another heartbreak probably.

    The only reason why he’s still around is because he’s an Englishman and he can run fast.

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  16. Michalis Marolachakis

    Walcott is garbage. Actually, to be fair, he is an above-average winger but he will never, ever, be top-class.
    He lacks creativity and technique to contribute in building up the play. What Theo Walcott can do with the ball, Arteta can do with an orange.
    Unfortunately, he also ‘somewhat’ lacks in first touch and dribbling moves and considerably lacks the strength to become a pure finisher, he doesn’t have all the tools required to consistently battle it out with seasoned full backs.

    Despite his awesome speed, it is not necessary to shut him down, shutting down Arteta, Rosicky, Diaby or Cazorla is enough to leave him hanging like a dead leaf.
    Either that, or one can clog the box and watch him run head-on into a wall.

    The only way to make use of Walcott’s skills is to use him as a counter-attacker.

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