Look on the bright side Arsenal fans by Twig
I refreshed NewsNow looking for some cheering Arsenal transfer/injury news, only to find some really shattering story. I didn’t believe it at first, but when the more reputable news media began reporting the story I knew it was true. The story was almost as shattering as the leg breaks to Eduardo and Ramsey.
Ever since Theo returned from his stomach operation, he has proven to be the most effective member of our squad. Just like he was last season, and the stats back it up. Having played 8 less games than Giroud, Theo has a much better goals and assists per game ratio than the latter. In the 13 EPL games that Theo managed this season, he has weighed in with 10 goals and assists (combined) in just 9 starts ahead of Ramsey, Ozil and Giroud in that order.
However, as always we have to look for the bright side in any bad situation.
1) What’s Draxler doing at the Emirates?
I woke up to the rather strange news this morning that Julian Draxler has been shown round the Emirates, revealed on Twitter by Germany based journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, and that he was suitably impressed. Players don’t just promenade round the Emirates when they feel like it, and I suspected there was something more. Like Jackson Martinez, Draxler has made no secret of his desire to leave his present club for the Reds.
He’s said to be in constant touch with Mertesacker and Ozil about Arsenal, and they have given him good recommendations. Theo’s injury might accelerate the signing of Draxler to Arsenal. One more German, and a bright
one at that, wouldn’t hurt our title charge at all.
2) Serge Gnabry will get games and plenty of them.
Serge Gnabry wowed everyone with his display in Theo’s position against Spurs. He’s a bit more comfortable with the ball than Theo and a better dribbler. He isn’t the finished article though, as evidenced by his 18-year old
error that led to Yaya Toure’s penalty goal against us. However, he’s got a goal and 2 assists for the senior team already. With more games, Serge Gnabry is on his way to be a really top, top player for us this season, and beyond.
3) Now, Wenger must spend
Surprisingly, Nicklas Bendtner’s injury wasn’t enough to convince Wenger he had to open his checkbook this January saying, “It doesn’t mean we can go from Nicklas’ ankle straight to the transfer market” which is true. But now, with yet another forward out injured, Wenger will be forced to spend. We were already a striker short, even before Theo’s and Bendtner’s injuries, so if this doesn’t make Wenger spend then nothing will.
4) Theo’s injury could have come at a worse time
Do you remember when Arsenal had no senior keeper to call upon and the transfer window was closed? Yeah, such has been our injury pandemic in recent years. An initial prognosis of 2 weeks out and we end up with 6 months?
Thankfully, at that time Arsenal was able to call upon an obscure and little-known statute from the FA’s books – reserved for goaltenders only – that allowed Arsenal to bring Jens Lehmann out of retirement for an emergency fire-fighting. Believe me, we should be thankful Theo’s injury coming on the 6th of January and not on February 1st, 2014. I’m unaware of any similar exceptions that could allow us sign Fredrik Ljungberg in place of the injured Theo Walcott.
5) Theo is eligible for a Champions Medal
My first worry when I saw the bad news, was that Theo Walcott might not have played enough games to earn a Champions medal, should we go on to lift the EPL trophy come May. Theo has played 13 EPL games this season, which is more than the 10 games requirement to be awarded a medal. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing Theo receive his winner’s medal after the home game against Newcastle, even if it means Bouldie and Wenger would be at either side helping him up the podium.
Get well soon Theo. Go and win him a medal Gunners!