If Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board learnt anything at all from last night’s humiliating exit from the Capital One cup at the hands of Bradford City, I hope it is the fact that we need to keep hold of Theo Walcott. Even more important is that we do not sell him to Manchester United, as a report in the Mail today suggests might happen. If we do, we might as well change our name to Manchester United B.
Now, I enjoy watching Gervinho run around as much as anyone. He is the best in the world at getting himself into promising positions before turning back into trouble and losing the ball. He has also perfected the pass that splits, not the defence, but the attack, it is great entertainment. I would suggest, however, that occassionally we could do with winning a game of football and someone who is a bit better at both ends of a cross would come in handy.
I understand the Arsenal fans who say that Walcott is also frustrating and has not fulfilled his potential yet, but for the last three seasons he has been a lot better. He has chipped in with plenty of goals and assists despite being played on the wing. He also dragged Arsenal back into the Capital One cup at Reading, scoring our first goal before half time to give us hope, and the equaliser that took it into extra time. It could have been much different last night if Theo was available.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all keen on the 23-year old flyer, but United are believed to be favourites. Ferguson is looking to replace Nani, and Walcott fits the bill. If Arsenal sell Walcott and get Nani, we will have traded in a nice new car for a broken down Jalopy and will prove, once and for all, that we have no ambition and have turned into a feeder club.