Twitter is basically a forum for idle gossip, unsubstantiated speculation and general nonsense. I spend a lot of time on there doing just those things and make no apologies for it. Its fun. it gives me an idea of what people think, expect and how little thought many people put into forming their opinions.
Yesterday there was much talk about who might be sold, to whom, and why.
Three names mentioned were those of Theo, Jack and Wojciech. So I am going to give my tuppence worth here.
Theo isn’t getting first team starts now. That much we know.
That we certainly don’t know.
Some people are quick to point out that its because of us now having better players in his position.
We have players with different skill-sets, but does that make them better? They have to be better for the team to constitute being “better” . Teams are about balance.Theo offers balance. He brings skills to the table that others don’t. He is faster than the others and he seems to me a better finisher than them.
So do we ignore what is good about him and just look at the negatives?
And what are the negatives anyway?
The old “he doesn’t track back” chestnut ? Perhaps ? That is/might be a weakness. But every player has those.
Does Theo have to start every game ? Have people not been crying out for years that we should start players that suit the game? Well I believe there will be occasions that Theo is perfectly suited to the circumstances.
His contract situation might be a consideration for the club, so he might be sold.But don’t tell me there is a better player with his particular skill set.
The talk is that City are sniffing around him !
Well why wouldn’t they ?
He is, by some margin, the best English midfielder . He is 23 years old, and only because of injuries, is behind in his development.
His talent is staggering.
His spirit is just what we love..
Right now I feel there are 2 or 3 positions Jack can play in and do a very good job, the problem is there are specialists in those positions that at this moment are better than him in those positions. I’m not sure though that any of them could be as good in as many positions. With time, he could easily settle into what is his best position and go on to be truly world class.
So why sell him ?
Why even consider selling him ?
I don’t believe Arsene will or should.
Currently our second choice goalkeeper. Also currently the holder of the Golden Glove award jointly with Cech.
Cech – the keeper who many see as his replacement,
32 year old Cech, who had arguably a better defence in front of him .
Wojciech can improve, can Cech ?
Arsenal are now in a position that simply because a player is not an automatic first choice, it doesn’t mean thay are not very good and valuable players. There is a 25 man squad, they all can’t start.
Theo had us over a barrel for his last contract, but lets not forget, he did “sign da ting”. He did. He is a lovely young man that has been with us almost 10 years. Who doesn’t remember him being stretchered of against Spurs and holding in up two fingers in one hand and a 0 in the other, without smiling ?
Jack and Wojciech are massive Arsenal fans, I have invested emotionally in them. I like them. I want them to succeed.
I am not suggesting that loyalty and emotional attachment should be the overriding factor in any decision making process Arsene and the club make, but I am saying it should be a consideration.
If your thirst for success blinds you to a value like loyalty, then its a sorry state you are in.
Surly seeing the players we have invested in, both financially and emotionally.succeed at Arsenal is part supporting ?
If its not. it should be.