Theo Walcott scored his tenth goal in 11 games last night despite not being fully fit. His record this season is no mean feat for any striker (let alone a winger) and given he’s available to sign a pre-contract agreement with other clubs in January it’s a pretty big boost to his chances of securing the kind of money he thinks he’s worth.
While he’s still an Arsenal player it’s great to see him delivering the goods, but you can’t help but feel he’s really driven by the fact he’s in the shop window.
Sounding like a page out of Michael Owen’s infamous ‘buy-me-I’m-ace’ dossier crossed with a late night QVC infomercial, he’s taken to analysing his game with all the modesty of a Nicklas Bendtner.
“Those are the sort of positions that this season and in the last few seasons I have been quite deadly in,” he told Arsenal.com after opening the scoring against Everton.
“When given a little sniff I am able to take it now. The goals show that.
“I think I scored 11 last season and 13 the year before. Not just that, but my general play as well. The assists are coming now, which is fantastic, and I am enjoying my football.
“I am very happy with the way I have started and it has got to continue. Hopefully I will take it into Saturday’s game.”
He might well have added, “I’m available on a free transfer in January and if you pay me the £100,000 a week I want I’ll even throw in a winning smile. And some steak knives.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah…we know we sound bitter, but with only a month left to sign a new deal Arseblog News is quickly losing any hope that Walcott will extend his time at the Emirates. Naturally, while he’s at the club wearing the canon on his chest he has our backing, but you know…we’re fragile.