Arsenal is now left with all of 10 matches to go this season, but the manager isn’t taking his attention away from the field at the moment. There’s no such thing as an easy run-in and the race for third spot is going to go the distance. We haven’t finished below the Spuds in God knows how long, and we wouldn’t want that to suddenly change now, would we?
We have been crying out for Robin van Persie to go through a season without sustaining a long-term injury, and it seems that the miracle is going to happen now. It has always been said that if he stays uninjured for a year, he would be right up there with the best in the world, and that’s showing through now. 33 goals this season alone in all competitions, currently top of the goal-scorers chart in the Premier League with 26 goals, he has shown the whole world that he’s one of the best strikers in the world at the moment, if not all-time. His contract runs down at the end of next season, so it is important that we tie him down to another long-term deal if the club is to move in the forward direction.
He had rightly refused to comment on this situation at the start of the season, citing that he wanted to delay it till the summer when they could all sit down and decide on what was best for the future. I believe that he may be convinced to stay if the board makes funds available to Wenger and if Arsene goes out and signs a couple of world-class players, signaling Arsenal’s decision to go for it all next season. But selling Robin van Persie and buying Podolski isn’t moving forward, its two steps backwards. We don’t need cover at this moment of time, we need to strengthen the squad rather than letting it be torn apart. Sit down with him Arsene, offer him as much as he wants, even if it is £200,000 a week, just tie him down to a good healthy 4-year contract.
Talks have also started with Theo Walcott, and it shows good signs of progressing in a positive direction for the player at Arsenal. The English winger has had a lot of critics on his back who have slammed him time and again for not being consistent enough. But people need to realize that he is still a young player, and at 23 he has his whole career ahead of him. Taking him to the World Cup at only 16 years of age raised a lot of unwarranted expectations from him, and he has been struggling to live up to them ever since. Furthermore, I believe that it was down to the lack of options at Arsenal that he has played so much from such a young age. Look at Sturridge over at Stamford Bridge; he’s slowly being incorporated into English football at 22 years of age, going to Bolton on loan last season, and his performances have been splendid for that. Walcott isn’t like Jack Wilshere, he isn’t the next breakout star, but all that people expect from him really is extraordinary. If we succeed in tying him down to a good long contract, I’m sure we’re going to see him at his best, because it’s only now that he’s entering the ripe age for wingers.
Arsenal travel to Goodison Park tomorrow hoping for a good result against Arteta’s old team. Everton are currently 10th in the league, and have shown solid performances in their last few games. The return fixture saw Robin van Persie scoring the magnificent volley from Alex Song’s pass to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory in the anniversary game. More along the same lines please?