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January 7, 2014

This follows on from my previous blog “Theo showed Spurs fans the score”

Saturday 7.07pm. Arsenal had just beaten that lot down the road 2-0 in the FA Cup 3rd Round. Everybody’s happy and let the “let’s give it to Spurs supporters” banter could begin

Shortly before at 6.51pm Theo goes down injured. Spurs fans congregated in the lower corner of the Clock End chant out some banter “let him die, let him die, let him die” this is followed by coins, a lighter and even a bread roll thrown in Theo’s direction while he was down injured and being treated by the medics. 6.55pm Theo Walcott leaves on a stretcher and is walked around the pitch past the contingent of Spurs fans who are happy to chant obscenities and banter at Theo. In kind Theo raises both arms and makes a gesture of 2-0 with his fingers. This in turn made some of the Spurs supporters go ballistic. You know how it is, start charging towards the front screaming with a face like thunder as if you want to burst through the Stewards and get to Theo, but happily knowing you won’t actually make it, tuff guys!!! All this in front of the kids as well. Well played – NOT!!!

What no one knew at this stage was, we were about to see the last of young Theo for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. After a medical it was found Theo had sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. I feel really sad for the lad as he was just looking dangerous as well. It never rains but pours for the lad. Having lost Chamberlain for the first half of the season, just as he is coming back, we lose Theo.

However,  like many Arsenal supporters, I feel Theo has been one of the most frustrating of players you could get during his time at the club, yet also one of the players that you so badly want him to do well and come good. . Theo started the season well but then got injured with his abdominal and missed two months. During this time Arsenal still worked their way to the top of the table and stayed there. Theo has his moments in games, but normally only takes part in about 20% of games. Basically if he is not with it, then you’re really playing with just ten men. Theo is a miss, but a big miss? I don’t know.

Hopefully Arsene will now either buy or give the returning Chamberlain or Gnabry their chance to shine.

On getting a new player/s in I think we’re all hoping, if it happens that it will be a striker who can bag goals and lots of goals playing in front of one of the most creative midfield’s anywhere in Europe right now. The issue is who?

Players of this kind don’t normally come up for grabs in the January transfer window. I haven’t a clue who we would get and quite frankly I think the manager/club would know best. Hopefully though Arsenal can wave their wad about and force a transfer on the right player, however, I would not like it if we just wasted, say £20 odd million on a stop-gap player. Even buying a top, top striker doesn’t guarantee he will be a success, look at Torres at Chelsea. It has to be the right bloke or leave it for now.

I’m just glad it isn’t me who has to make these decisions. So I will just sit back, keep chilled out, hope we either get the “RIGHT” player many think we need or that the current squad stay long-term injury free, pull together and make the best of what we have to grab that elusive silverware this season.

Roll on Villa.

Cheers and please feel free to comment, good or bad below.

@harlowgooner

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