I was very happy for Theo last night. I’ve said before he can be brilliant and shit-awful in equal measure. I’ve stated many times that I find him extraordinarily frustrating. But I do love him to bits. When things go his way, when his confidence is at a high, he can destroy teams. His pace is astounding, and when he’s got his tail up and using it to full effect, he’s a formidable threat to anyone.
He does have his detractors out there – folks who seem keener to bash players and moan aimlessly than they do offer support. ‘Mourners’, as I like to call them. I believe players are open to fair, and well-concieved criticism – they absolutely should be. Abuse and unwelcome tirades for the sake of attracting attention, or borne from stupidity, are not something I particularly like – that’s an understatement. I can’t abide the severity in which some try to make their ‘points’. It’s one thing to say, “Theo’s been under-performing lately”. It’s an entirely different kettle of fish when you read remarks that go like this;
“THEO HAS MIS-PLACED A PASS?!! DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE! BURN IN HELL! SELL HIM WENGER OR YOU DIE TOO!! WHERE HAS MY ARSENAL GONE! SPEND MONEY ON MESSI OR DIE!! WHERE IS MY BLACK BIN BAG?? DIE DIE DIE DIE!! PROTEST!! DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE!!! SACK THE BOARD DIE!!!!!!!
That isn’t a direct quote – I made it up. I’m sure you get my point.
Because I’ve witnessed Theo – and other Arsenal players – receive such abuse, it made his contribution to England’s victory that little bit more satisfying. He came on, and he made an impact. His goal to equalise was one of those peculiar swerving shots that would have had pundits ejaculating across their studios had Christiano Ronaldo scored it. Whist you could argue that strike had a small element of fortune, his contribution to the winning goal was testament to what damage he can do – acceleration to beat his man, and an excellent cut-back to Welbeck.. Make no mistake; Theo Walcott was the difference between victory and defeat last night.
The performance on the whole by England wasn’t sensational, but it brought with it the same end product; 3 very valuable points. Yes, there are things that need to be addressed, and we all hope Shrek will contribute to making our attacking play more inventive and cutting. On the whole, I was just pleased with a win, and it was an exciting game, wasn’t it? I felt myself getting more an more involved as I went through the entire gamut of emotions.
In the other group game, France fairly easily brushed aside Ukraine, and we got to have a sneak peak at a coupe of those guys rumoured to be headed to Arsenal. Yann M’Vila looks imposing, and I thought Olivier Giroud had a decent burst of pace and touch for a tall fella. But hey, they both still remain speculation.
All the transfer guff doing the rounds does make me laugh at present. Out there in the blogging world, there seem to be a few sites hell-bent of attracting as many hits as they can. You know the ones I mean; those with headlines that yearn to be clicked on – headlines like “Is this the £30m player Arsenal might bid for?”.
I imagine people read that and think, “Crikey! I’d better click on this!” only to discover what lurks beneath the initial intrigue is a re-hased story or some sort of wild concoction with zero truth – mendacious balderdash! In light of such drivel, I’ve made a vow to only discuss rumour and ensure I make anyone reading my blog fully aware that I’m not ‘ITK’, I don’t have insider knowledge and I value the folks that read this site too much to invent something just to see my hit counter go up.
I’m a little sick of moderating nasty comments, anyway…
That’s all for today. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. I hope you’ll take a moment to comment.
I shall return tomorrow.