Internet has got us all hooked. Having no access to the internet is unthinkable now. Forget phones, we have internet on our watch now, whoever wears those.!!. Our routines have changed and is now all wired up. I start my day with a peep into the phone.
And then when I get into a big screen, Untold is first on my list of must read for the day. And then casual looks into my other interests like science, automotive etc etc. Today when I opened www.arsenal.com, there was this ad for red level membership renewal. With two players, Theo and Rambo. Rambo giving Theo a piggy back ride rather. Two players who divide opinions like no other. Theo more so.
Theo joined ARSENAL at a very young age of 16 from Southampton in 2006. He was a hot property in England then. He got selected to play for England that year, having literally played zero minutes for ARSENAL. His first full season at ARSENAL was decent enough though, with 32 appearances and scoring 1*. He was deployed on the wings. From the very early days at ARSENAL, it was clear that Theo had this capacity to run behind the defence. Lightning quick. And also score and assist.
Theo finally entered the double figures in 10-11 season. Wearing the number 14 on the back. Despite injuries at the end. This was the Theo all had been waiting for. The player signed to replace Henry**. I think Theo too enjoyed the comparison. The next season he scored 11. And assisted a few to the great striker (oh where is he now??). All this from the wide position remember.
The following season was the most productive. He became a 20+ goals striker (or a winger? I don’t remember him playing centre forward). The demand for him playing the striker increased by the day. Then injuries, the following season. Remember that 2-0 jibe at spurs?? Walcott became a legend that day. He has not had an injury free season since. But this season was a weird one. If we looked at the pretty good ‘by the numbers’ by @7amkickoff, Theo looked like the worst player at ARSENAL. With as low as 2 touches in some games!! Despite that he has 9 goals. But then this has been a weird ARSENAL season. We fired a lot of blanks this season.
So what to make of Theo. Is Theo that bad? We have heard about his hard bargains and all during contract negotiations, but does that make Theo a surplus at ARSENAL now?
I’ve been a Theo supporter all along, Most of us at Untold are. A look back at his ARSENAL career doesn’t look bad at all. There is a 20+ goals player there, who is a decent enough finisher. Maybe his head has been turned*** at the prospect of being the lone striker.
But his most productive years have been as a wide striker. Theo has lost his pace due to the knee surgery he had. But he has not lost his goal scoring ability. One half a season doesn’t make a player rubbish. He has missed out on Euros again this season. Enough time for him to prepare for next season and come back with a mission to prove the haters wrong.
Theo has been one of the most professional players I’ve ever seen. Our darling Wilshere makes the news for wrong reasons every now and then. How many times have we seen Theo? People said Theo is all pace and no brains. Theo did respond to that. He did by scoring goals and assisting goals. Making runs allowing others to score goals.
Internet has got us all hooked. Having no access to the internet is unthinkable now. It has given us a platform to express ourselves and publish our opinions****. It also gives us a chance to introspect. So what to make of Theo. Is Theo that bad as some people claim? Is Theo a surplus at ARSENAL now?
In 10 years at ARSENAL, Theo has made over 300 appearances and scoring 85 goals and assisting a few. Not bad for a player deployed on the wings for the majority of his career. A 42 games sample size is too small to judge. The next three years could be Theo’s best. And I sincerely hope it’s at ARSENAL.
*club website doesn’t have his assists stat!!
**if it was possible, ever.
***Have heard about the complications with his baby.
****Counter opinions welcome in the comments section without abusing the player or the manager.
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