In many ways Theo Walcott has summed up Arsenal’s season – drastically inconsistent, primed to choke on the big stages and more or less witless. Theo is symptomatic of the lack of direction at the club. Arsenal’s indecision in the transfer market is oftentimes reflected in Theo Walcott’s lack of thought with the ball at his feet. As hard as it is to say, at the moment both entities look largely clueless. Just what does the future hold for Arsenal Football Club? Has Theo showed any signs of improvement this season?
Theo Walcott joined Arsenal in 2006 at a time where optimism was at a high. They’d won the FA Cup the season previous and had made it to the final of the Champions League. Unfortunately, the club has been on a downward curve ever since. Now optimism and belief in both Arsenal and Theo Walcott is at an all time low.
Just take his first half performance against AC Milan on Wednesday. How he was able to leave Bacary Sagna inexcusably exposed whilst providing absolutely nothing going forward is beyond me. No fit healthy young player enjoys being subbed off at half-time, but I think it’s fair to say that Theo deserved it. It was yet another example of Walcott struggling to have any affect against big teams.
Yes, he was great against Blackburn, but Arsenal need players who can perform at all levels of the game and questions remain as to whether Theo’s capable of this.
It’s difficult to see where Theo Walcott’s poor form has come from. He has so much to play for: a place in the Euro 2012 squad, a new contract, silverware with Arsenal, but most of all – the chance to prove himself worthy. I can’t claim to have any real insight into Walcott’s contract situation, but the fact that he hasn’t signed a new one seems to suggest he’s looking for a pay-bump.
There is no other club top club in English football that would have given Theo as many chances as Arsenal. His reluctance to sign of the dotted line strikes me as patently stupid and disrespectful. There are so many wingers doing better jobs with other clubs that are being paid less and yet Theo doesn’t seem to see how lucky he is.
Just look at the contrast between Theo and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, both in terms of raw talent and attitude. At the moment they’re miles apart and Walcott has until the end of the season to prove his worth.
For now, however, Gervinho and AOC have to start out on the wings. At least until Theo Walcott gets his head in the right place.
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