Why was the uninspiring Walcott Arsenal’s captain last night?

Walcott - justarsenal.comTheo Walcott may have been the longest-serving Arsenal player on the pitch last night, but when has he ever showed any leadership skills or battling qualities to deserve the right to inspire our youngsters to play the Arsenal Way? There were other more-inspiring players on the pitch, like Jack Wilshere for starters, or even Francis Coquelin as the midfield general for a change. These two have real hopes of improving enough to make the Gunners First XI, but I really cannot see Walcott ever being a starter for us ever again in the Premier League.

The pundit Chris Sutton made his feelings clear when he saw Theo get the captains armband. “He hasn’t improved anywhere near enough,” Sutton said on Eir Sport.

“He burst onto the scene at Southampton and I think he’s flattered to deceive for years.

“And, how uninspiring must it be for the Arsenal players seeing him, as captain, leading you?

“He’s not captain material. The 10 other players are far more captain material than him.

“I’m really disappointed with him, he’s a choker, he doesn’t want to show for the ball.”

I have to admit that there were very few players last night that looked like quality, but Wilshere came closest to scoring the winner, and Olivier Giroud had his chances to give Arsenal the lead as did the misfiring Walcott, but there was no leader trying to get the team motivated to fight for the points. Why on Earth did Wenger think Walcott was the right choice???

Darren N


  1. Arsene can't run out of bars says:

    My guess – Wenger said whoever wins a race can be captain and Theo won.

  2. ramterta says:

    because Wenger loves rewarding failures

  3. tom selleck says:

    …because wengers eyesight is poor in his old age…
    he still thinks gilberto silva is here

  4. jon fox says:

    The reason is because Walcott has been the longest at the club. 12 years! Just let that fact, 12 YEARS, sink in for a moment. Depressing isn’t it! AND ONE MAN ONLY HAS BEEN ENTIRELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FARCE. WENGER! Last night Wenger, being genetically unable to EVER admit his many mistakes, of which this 12 years farce has been a stonker, had to TRY justifying this 12 year sentence we fans have suffered, by making this “man”(anatomically and he has the beard to prove it) who has been the single most preposterous choice as a captain in FOOTBALL history. It is of course a scandal but one which some have become immune to, so long has this weed been around the club, poncing HUGE AND SCANDALOUSLY UNEARNED WAGES under false pretences.

  5. Mobella says:

    You are asking a question no one can answer here. If you have done a little research yourself maybe that won’t worth article on. Another article for fans to have a dig on the coach.

  6. GB says:

    Coquelin! He should never be anywhere near the first team.

    1. Sue says:

      Never rated him

      1. GB says:

        Me neither

  7. Chekwube Kwentua says:

    Man City is coming….hope history will be on our side on Sunday???

  8. Mitch Connor says:

    I’m scared s***less of Sunday
    Playing City @ City with our inconsistent defense and not knowing which Ozil will turn up and if Wenger will put out the right lineup. Our infamous 8-2 or 6-0 matches. comes to mind. This season City won 7-2, 6-0 (Liverpool) 5-0(away) ,5-0, 4-0(against fenerbache), 3-0
    Wenger makes bad decisions. He thinks Walcott and Ramsey and Xhaka are world class. Then he blames the players or referee for not winning the match.
    Wenger giving Walcott a huge pay rise and playing him up front in 2015-2016 may have cost us the title. He should have played Alexis up front or better yet bought a top striker like Lacazette.

    We need to defend like hell on Sunday and take advantage of any mistake City makes

    1. COYG_CA says:

      Don’t know why, but gut tells me we’ll manage a point or win . . .
      I have been wrong before, but also, a few times I have had the same feeling and, BANG!

  9. Sue says:

    One thing’s for sure…. Theo won’t be getting anywhere near the first team playing like he has been

  10. Kenya 001 Ars fan says:

    May b he was rewarding for being concistent in mediocrity for 12 yrs the guy keeps saying he is a no 9 wen he cant even stay onside and he is the fastest guy in this team!!!!!!

  11. Break-on-through says:

    Yeah, I can’t disagree with Sutton though Id like to. I can’t stand players who hide when things aren’t going great. As a captain that is pathetic. Wenger’s a worse fool – because Walcott certainly never asked to be captain, he’d have to have some front on him for that.

  12. gmv8 says:

    Wenger does not value leadership on the pitch (or anywhere else apart from his own), and that is a huge problem for Arsenal, because it is something we desperately need

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