Wow! What a game we had in the Capital One Cup in midweek – you know the one am on about.
Just like many fans, I had to pay homage to the best Arsenal comeback I have ever seen. This game just toppled the 3-0 comeback performed by ‘The Invincibles’ against Middlesbrough in the Premier League which ended 5-3.
Our star man on Tuesday night was arguably Theo Walcott, even though other players put in surprising shifts such as Andrey Arshavin, Thomas Elsfield, Olivier Giroud (who we all know is quality) and our long lost Moroccan Maroaune Chamakh.
Walcott had a night to remember, having started and ended our comeback, scoring late in both halves. Many fear we could lose him to Chelsea or Liverpool, who are both said to be interested in his services, with his contract running out in the summer.
The number 14 has claimed the issue with his contract renewal is due to the manager not assuring him a place in the striking department, rather than the winger he is currently deployed as. If that is the case, why isn’t Arsene Wenger giving him the green light? Especially with his goals and good performances as of late. It should be an easy decision to make after his latest showing at Reading, as he totally made his case and the fans happen to share the same view. Before I continue, I would like to confirm that I fall into the many who can see Walcott as a striker, and Wenger recently admitted so himself. So does that mean the contract will round up sooner rather than later? Only time will tell.
Wenger’s reluctance got me wondering why a man who has improved immensely with his finishing, positioning and touch is not assured playing in a role that he feels he would be best in? Like a hatter, it is hard to know what Le Boss has in mind.
But I found answers which quenched my curiosity and seem ‘Wenger like’. Wenger won’t promise a player playing time knowing such promises can’t be kept in order to avoid dealing with an unhappy player down the line, and here are some probable reasons behind it.
During the transfer windows, two strikers, in the form of Lukas Podolski and Giroud, were acquired, even though the former is being played out of his natural position.