Yesterday Aaron Ramsey signed a new long-term contact at Arsenal, no doubt that will be classed as ‘a new signing’ when he returns from injury which we only hope won’t be too far away…
On signing his new deal, Ramsey said:
I’m very happy here at Arsenal, it’s a great club and I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here. Every player wants to play in a team where they can play football and I feel that this is the way it should be played, so that’s one of the reasons I signed a new contract. I think I can still develop my game a lot, and I’m in the right place to do that with the support of the manager and also a squad of very talented players. I’m convinced the next few years will be a time where my career kicks on to a new level, it’s an exciting time to be part of the Club.
On to Theo Walcott – once doing so well at Southampton, so well that our boss bought him for a lot of money by his scale. Rather than loan him out to get tougher and gain experience in the Championship or at another Premier League Club, he kept him at Arsenal. Such high hopes were for the player, good old Sven Goran Eriksson picked him for the World Cup Squad in 2006.
Maybe that is really where all started to go wrong for then teenager. Too much too soon, maybe he thought he’s ‘made it’?
He hadn’t then and he hasn’t now, not really…
The boy must have wondered what hit him, one minute he’s playing down on the south coast the next he’s in the big city of London, ‘playing’ for a big club like Arsenal. He went from living life in a village enviroment to being part of the hustle and bustle in the capital of London…
Here we are, after a mixed four years for the player, its World Cup time again. This time however, he’s been left out of the twenty-three man squad picked by Fabio Capello. Imagine that eh, a player who should be played as a striker is being left at home, in his place is an old man who can’t score for toffee and who often struggles to stay on his feet. How the heck can Emile Heskey be going to South Africa ahead of Theo Walcott, let alone ahead of Darren Bent!!
Just imagine England with Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott as their front two, perfect, pace and strength!!
If I were Theo, I’d be gutted – and I’d think about my longterm future. I know there are a lot of fans who would be glad to see the back of Theo Walcott, I’m not one of them. I still honestly believe he will be a great player one day.
I don’t know though if that ‘one day’ will come at Arsenal all the time he is being left to play as a winger. I know I’ve said it many times now but why oh why doesn’t he get a chance in his proper position. Why does Arsene Wenger play our players out of position so often?
Maybe its time for him to go and knock on Arsene Wenger’s door and have a chat, tell him how he really feels and if Wenger won’t play him as a striker, maybe its time to let him have a loan spell at a club who need a striker, let Theo go to a Championship Club, or somewhere like Fulham/West Ham until Christmas, play in his favoured position and then come back and get his career sorted out.
At the beginning of last season, this was on the clubs website
This season we could see Theo in a different role – as a striker. He hinted at a positional switch during the summer and Arsène Wenger’s 4-3-3 formation seems to suit Theo perfectly. His pace through the middle could be a lethal weapon in the years to come – for Arsenal and for England
It never happened though did it?????
Of course I maybe very wrong, maybe Theo prefers to play on the wing, maybe he doesn’t mind not being on the plane to South Africa – but I suspect he is very down-hearted, I would be….
If we don’t sort Theo out, he may just find another club who will not only play him, but actually involve him in the game more….
Many will say good, push-off Theo, you should stop talking to the press Theo and bigging yourself up and to a degree they will be right but I hope he stays, plays and gets better. So much so that he is one of the first players named in the 2014 World Cup squad, still as an Arsenal player of course……
Just imagine if some got their wish and he started scoring goals for fun at one of our bitter rivals.
One consolation from him being omitted from the England side is that he should have a proper pre-season and start the next campaign fully fit and raring to go! I really hope that missing out on the trip to South Africa kicks starts the career of Theo Walcott.