IS IT TIME TO REPLACE WALCOTT WITH CHAMBERLAIN ???
Before I start this article I just want to say this not a Walcott bashing but rather, just a simple question. For the first time in a while, Theo Walcott has a player breathing down his neck for a starting place in the side. And after a long time I am starting to think that maybe it’s time for Theo to have a spell on the bench; just to remind him that he needs to work a bit harder.
Forget his couple of goals and his assists, what about the rest of his game?
I know his pace does a job but he’s not a sprinter training for the Olympic Games. He is, however, a footballer but recently it’s actually become hard to tell if he’s on the pitch or not for most parts of the game. His body language is poor, he’s arguing too much with the officials and he really isn’t getting involved enough in our games so far. Nowadays he seems to be spending a lot of his time talking to the media, telling us he wants to play centrally which by the way I think might be his best position after all. He’s always got something to say about either himself, Arsenal or Englandm which isn’t a bad thing, but I believe he should stop all his talking and start concentrating on his game on the pitch otherwise he might just find himself frozen out.
Breathing down his neck however is a young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He’s eighteen years old and has just put in two great performances for the England under 21’s, following them with another outstanding display for the reserves on Tuesday night.
In the England friendly against Israel, Pearce’s side were 1-0 down at half-time and Chamberlain was introduced at the beginning of the second half, a second half in which he created all the goals in a comprehensive 4-1 victory! Which at any level of football is pretty good, added to the fact that Alex is actually a winger, something that Theo is not.
Having watched him play it is quite clear to see that he will be able to take on defenders and deliver a cross; which, for many of us who watch Arsenal and Theo, feel he does not do enough of in this position. For Theo, I think it wouldn’t hurt to maybe give him a kick up the backside to make him realise that he has real competition for his place. And there is no better way to learn that than spending a couple of games on the sidelines.
If Theo Walcott has it in him to really improve, he will fight for his place back and the best way to do that is to work hard and perform on match days, not go missing for 50 or 60 minutes in a game. At the present time we cannot afford to carry players- we need everyone to give 100%. But at the moment, as much as I like Theo, I don’t feel he is giving us that. However Chamberlain just might…