I have been feeling so sad since I heard the news about Walcott. While I was still buzzing over our emphatic win over Tottenham, the news seemed to pour cold water over my head. I believe that every gooner has felt the same way too. I really feel for Walcott, seemed to be back in form, played very well as a lone forward over the weekend and did not look to be in so much pain when he was stretched off, but to get this kind of news especially that he could miss the world cup is really painful. Gooner of Steel looks at what his absence would mean to the team.
- Tactically, we might not miss Theo too much. True, his pace and forward thinking movement is going to be missed, but I think that the team would cope well without him. In the beginning of the season, we did very well without him. Wilshere, Ramsey, Rosicky did very well in that area. Presently, Gnabry and the returning Oxlade- Chamberlain would cushion the effect; even the rumoured loan move for Ryo Miyaichi might be cancelled so that he can act as back up. So, I think we have enough numbers to cover the team in Wilshere’s absence.
- Emotionally, I think we would miss him and we might have another Eduardo issue. In the 2007/2008 season, we were coasting to the title, when the unfortunate game at Birmghiham came, we were leading, when Eduardo had his leg almost chopped off by Taylor, then Mcfadden scored a last minute equalizer, the team was distraught and Gallas even broke down in tears, the rest is history, we ended up in third that season.
I sincerely hope that this does not happen again. The entire Arsenal family is sad with this loss of Theo and many pundits are already predicting that this could be the factor that pushes Arsenal off their high standing. It is possible, but this team seems to have a lot of desire and mental strength to cope with this situation. They have to win for Theo and every fan must get behind the team even more now.
THE NEED FOR A STRIKER
It is more than important that Wenger gets a new striker now, Bendtner is still out and when he comes back we do not know if he would get back to the level he was before he was injured. Sanogo is still out and even when he comes back, he is still a long way to be a first team player; the other alternative is Korean striker, Park who has made as many appearances for Arsenal as the number of Eclipses that have happened in my country.
A new striker is needed, not just to fill the void but also to elevate the morale of the team and fans that seem to be dampened by Theo’s injury.
DESPAIR FOR THEO, HOPE FOR OTHERS.
With Theo almost certain to miss the World Cup, it would give opportunities to other players; expect improved performances from Lennon, Townsend, Tom Ince, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling.
HOPE IS NOT ALL LOST FOR WALCOTT’S WORLD CUP DREAM
If we follow the precedents of other World Cup year injuries, Theo might just have some hope, Baggio recovered from a similar injury in few weeks to make the squad in 1994, Ronaldo De Lima recovered from a knee injury in 2002 in another miracle situation to make the squad and helped the team to win the competition. Rooney had to be put in an oxygen box to make him recover from a broken foot bone few weeks to the World Cup in 2006. So after the surgery, we might get a clearer picture even though the odds are very unlikely, there is a small tiny window of hope.
Everybody expects this mishap to bring the gooners down, but let us use it as an avenue to even launch ourselves higher this season and strive for more. #COYG #GETWELLSOONTHEO
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