It seems like everything is taking an eternity to happen at the moment. There’s a full 2 weeks left until the transfer window closes at the end of January, and I fully expect we’ll be waiting on potential deals and potential outgoings on that very last day. It’s like being stuck in traffic, but without anything to distract you from your plight; no radio or internet, just interminable waiting.
However, there is an exception. Theo Walcott looks to have kicked his last ball in an Arsenal shirt and will complete his move to Everton is the not-so-distant future – probably very soon because he was at Goodison Park yesterday having a medical. Assuming he passed, the mere formalities remain and we can expect a photo of him holding a blue shirt next to a gurning Sam Allardyce to arrive swiftly.
Walcott has been a great servant to Arsenal. Many think he is a case of untapped potential and he wasn’t able to thrive under Arsene Wenger. I’m not sure I can agree. I like Theo as a player, but it’s worth considering he is fairly limited by comparison to others. His most formidable weapon is his lightening speed, but beyond that, his other attributes don’t match up to that standard. He’s a good finisher when he switches his brain off, but over-thinking has often been his downfall.
I think we got the best out of him during his time here. Theo always scored regularly when given a significant run in the team and he scored some vital goals. My personal favourite is the opener in the 2015 FA Cup final against Villa. After a nod down from Alexis, Theo thundered in a volley with his left-foot to open the scoring, It was a wonderful finish and one that vindicated the decision to omit Giroud and start with Walcott up front. We ran out eventual winners 4-0 in one of the most one-sided and comfortable FA Cup’s I think I’ve ever watched. Most of all, Theo’s overall play that day was superb.
Those are the memories I like most, and it’s worth remembering the influence Theo had on all 3 of our recent FA Cup victories. He’s always been a little harshly judged by a few elements of our fanbase, but I guess that is something you have to expect when you request Their Henry’s No14 shirt. I wish Theo all the best and I hope he does well at Everton.
Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger has been very naughty. The report Mike Dean submitted to the FA has been released to the public and the following comments are said to have been shouted at Dean by Arsene Wenger:
“I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’. You’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace”
I can understand why he’s gotten himself into hot water. It’s generally not particularly wise to call FA referees cheats in front of several witness. I don’t think Mike Dean is a cheat, he’s just incredibly incompetent and shouldn’t be allowed to officiate top-flight games. It’s difficult to come down on Arsene for what he said, because, quite frankly, I would have probably said far worse if I was within earshot after the decision against Callum Chambers at West Brom. It might be popular to trash the manager for everything he does at present, but I think he deserves a pass on this one.
Right, I’m off to work. The comments section is below – why not tell me your favourite Walcott moment during his Arsenal career.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more.
Until then, and as always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
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