‘Sensitive’ Theo Walcott STILL not fit? (says Wenger)

Theo Walcott injured a cruciate ligament in his knee in January 2014, but despite him playing his first comeback game in October last year the Arsenal striker is still deemed not to be at peak fitness yet.

He played his first senior game in November but then suffered a groin injury while on England duty and did not start again until after the New Year against Hull, although he was on the bench for the second half of December.

Since then he has started just one more League game (West Ham March) but has made five subs appearances, and Wenger is still adamant that Walcott is not fit and ready yet to play a full 90 minute match. Le Prof said after his run out with England this week: “I don’t worry about Theo because he’s not completely there yet with his fitness.

“I told you a few times that he has been out for a year with a very bad injury and he’s coming back. He is on course to come back, but he’s not completely there.

“Every time he comes on or when he’s started, he has scored a goal. He is not fragile mentally, he is strong mentally. But he is disappointed because when you come back you always think you are ready.”

“He needs patience,” Wenger continued. “He is at the moment not in his best mood. He has big confidence in himself and he has gone through some difficult periods in his life and he has always come out with strength.”

Walcott was mostly ineffectual for England against Italy, and his Boss believes he was played out of position in the centre by Roy Hodgson. And despite having said that Walcott is “strong mentally”, Wenger also thinks he is a sensitive soul at the moment!

Le Prof said: “Theo’s sensitive and I’m a bit concerned about the damage that game can have on his mind,”

“Being exposed like that, people have a harsh judgment on him that is not deserved.”

So six months after his original return, and over three months since his groin injury, Wenger still doesn’t think the winger is mentally or physically ready to play in the Premiership. With just two months left of the season, perhaps he should just let him recuperate until next season?

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  1. fred cowardly says:

    He just needs time. He will come through

    he was also a bit out of position during the match too.

    He should come of the bench for the remaining matches if Wenger is unsure.

    We have Alexis, Ox, Welbeck, Ozil too.

    So we will be fine on the wings

  2. Greg says:

    I really feel for theo with his injury problems! I could imagine what he is going through mentally, after having a wonder season the year before, being on the score sheet regularly! Hope everything works out for him!

  3. Greg says:

    Congratulations once again to olivier giroud and “le professor” wenger for being Barclay’s premeireship player and manager “winners” for the month of march! “Up the arsenal”! Coyg!

  4. YingYang69 says:

    Theo looks to me to be going through similar with what Ramsey did, anxiously looking to score. Whenever ive seen him lately he looks to be continuously on the last defenders shoulders eager to get in on goal… a little too eager as all his focus seems to be on it.

  5. gNgooner says:

    Theo was fantastic before he got injured..his all round game was good and he was a constant threat going forward..he needs time to get back to his best..buh he shouldn’t be asking for wage increase while doing so.

  6. thetruth says:

    such an overrated player of all time
    not worth 50k a week

    1. sheggz says:

      His output suggests otherwise

      1. thetruth says:

        usually when there’re more criticisms there’s some truth in it.. lately he’s getting it.. getting high pay comes with the higher expectation

  7. sheggz says:

    A fully fit on form Theo is arguably our most productive offensive player

    1. rkw says:

      exactly…one reason why we have been perennial hopefuls and not competing at the the top…whats his goals per minute and assists record over last 6 years and where does it stack up against others?… a massively overrated one trick performer…sell him asap before his value plummets and bring in a quality winger/attacker to push the ox

      1. sheggz says:

        I don’t know what it is, but something tells me Ur not a fan of Theo..

      2. Tidan2 says:

        On average he has a goal or an assist every 90 minutes for the last 5 seasons.

        Nice try bullshitting.

  8. clem says:

    theo should perform to expectation before demanding pay rise.anybody that makes theo to believe that he is the savior at arsenal is surely a joke. if he doesnt sign,he should leave.we dont really need him.

  9. disgusted1 says:

    I agree with clam he hasnt really contribute much this season and the team is in third place.I think he should concentrate on getting Back to full fitness and then he might be able to get that salary. however, for now the only club that Will offer that salary is Manchester City and they might just interest him since Navas is shit.

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