Wenger convinced Walcott will have a great season

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Arsene Wenger says he’s sure Theo Walcott will be an effective attacking component for Arsenal this season, after the England international got a goal and an assist in the 3-2 win over Man City on Sunday.

After Walcott said he no longer wanted to be a striker, the Arsenal manager contradicted him and said he wouldn’t play him on the right hand side due to his defensive deficiencies.

So, he then brought him on on the right hand side against the Premier League rivals and was rewarded when Walcott set up Alex Iwobi for an equaliser then put the Gunners ahead after a slick interchange with Alexis Sanchez (see the goals here).

Speaking after the game, Wenger said, “I’ve said many times that we will get a strong season from Theo Walcott because he got hit hard and I saw how he responded.”

“He went through a very tough time not being at the Euros with England, and I observed him, saw how he responded and I am convinced that he will have a great season.”

Whether the 27 year old’s effectiveness from the right today will confuse matters further remains to be seen, but with no striking additions likely before the Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday, the fact that he’s made a good contribution against City is a positive.

Until such time as we bring back TGSTEL on deadline day, anyway.

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Dom

Yo

Thaatarsenalguy

MTV raps?

badaab

What’s the haps on the craps?

Nairobi's_DB10

Shake ’em up! Shake ’em up! Shake ’em up! Shake ’em!

IamaGoober

I also think I’m going to win the lottery every time I buy a ticket….

Yep..

Still waiting..

Thaatarsenalguy

Loving the optimism arsene.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Arsene is the best wind up merchant ever

Spooner

There goes the last hope of signing a striker. Let’s hope he’s finally proved right about Walcott, and that Akpom keeps up his form to score 30 goals in the league.

Pavan

It does look more and more as if we will only sign a striker if someone wraps a present and leave it at our doorstep. Wenger tried to sign vardy before the euros, looks like he is convinced after the euros that Theo would respond well to being dropped….
Problem is, don’t see where the present can come from…both our feeder clubs Madrid and barca are settled up front! May be its bayern’s turn to turn feeder this year!

Dandoo

Lewa incoming 😉

voldermort

No striker. Just wenger trying to convince us gullible fans that Walcot on the showing of yesterday has suddenly come good and will win us the league.
Absolutely sick of this bollox and the total disregard for the fans.another wasted season looms with an outstanding midfield inept forward line and a injury hit defence.

Bellerin-a

To be honest, I am totally ignoring Arsene at the minute. I think he’s just talking absolute bollocks to fuck with us all before he spends money and gets the players needed in. And I love it currently, everyone is going mad!

On the subject of players, Mustafi, Williams and a striker/Mahrez please boss!

lol

“On the subject of players, Mustafi, Williams and a striker/Mahrez please boss!”

Pass me the joint, bro.

Granit(e) hard!

Yep!…and “pass the dutche on the right hand side”, if you don’t mind

broken red army

put me on suicide watch

I Rony

Cool, where though?

...why?

The Emirates is going to be nothing short of toxic on Sunday isn’t it? 🙁

Perry S.

why is right. if we win then who gives a damn.

Fabulous

If we win, and that’s completely not easy. When the game is still 0-0 and we’re being frustrated and our attack ends up with Walcott losing the ball now and then, or a stray pass from Ramsey here and there i am pretty sure things would get quite ugly.

Bellerin-a

Ain’t this the truth. Sickens me that we’ll be busy acting like babies while West Ham try their best to drum up a decent atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium, intimidating the other team. We’ll play into Liverpool’s hands by fucking the team up!

Yagaru

I’m afraid the manager and the board are already responsible for fucking the team up. Us fans have done our bit – supporting our beloved club and putting money in the bank buying tickets and merchandise. As usual, management haven’t delivered.

Why not

Complete rubbish. Arsenal fans are not known for their supportive presence.

Leicester proved that football is more than buying the hottest players around. Man united/chelsea and city proved the same last season. Acting entitled and being pissed off during the off season is a bit over the top.

There is a reason we do better as a team away from home. Our away fans deserve alot of credit. The players dont feel the negative pressure from our collective lack of support. I find our home fanbase give off an entitled and toxic atmosphere that you can even feel from watching it on television. The players new or established feel it.

No football has been kicked in vain and everybody is already complaining and blaming arsene and the board. That sir is the exact opposite of support.

locksley444

Also, wonder if anyone remembers the tricky left-back Masuaku from Monaco. Signed with West ham. He’s gonna be a solid player. You heard it here first.

asdfghjkl

He may not be what we wanted, but it’s what we’ve got so let’s get behind Walcott and the rest of the team and who knows, they might surprise us!

Trez

We did that last season and it didn’t work out. We need a striker. Today’s performance doesn’t change that

Third Plebeian

You’re right, but that doesn’t change the fact that Walcott is our only fit striker going into the season. It won’t do any harm (and may even do some good) if we give him our vocal support (even if we air our true feelings here). It’s not his fault he’s still at the club and still one of our few options up front. This is all on Wenger and the club.

Count

Give this man a cookie!

Danny

Were you there? I can assure you we didn’t. I did, some others did, but mostly, we didn’t.

santori

We will need him to fire.

Unless we bring in a ready made striker (like errr… Ibrahimovich), we may need to transition a Draxler or even an Icardi.

Therefore a lot still rest on Giroud’s shoulders.

Regardless where he plays, we need goals.

We couod theoretically play a system where all 3 front men share space up top in turns. Campbell, Alexis, Walcott (or Iwobi, Ox and Gnabry too) can all interchange.

What we must be careful of is learning to play our game to tailor to strength and weakness of such a team. High balls from the back (like today against City) will be less effective particularly if they are set up with better cbacks.

Walcott needs to tart to get more involved in the game aside from scoring.

Even if he returns some goals but isn’t as effective as we would like him to be through first half of season, at very least it will set an increase on his valuation for January should he want to move. Otherwise most clubs will be wary of a non performer particularly one on very high wages. He will be difficult to move to say the least for the price we want.

Kahn?Kanu!

Flamini is free. I’m sure he can do a job at CF

Jayboy

That volley against Sp*rs!

Seaman stains

I sincerely hope he doesn’t have a great season – because that will mean some shite-cunts like West Ham will probably have a good season – as that is where he should be playing!!

Lee

Yeah and I was convinced we’d address key issues before the season starts. We can all be very wrong.

Snake in the grARSE

Why were you convinced? When has this ever happened in the last ten years? Why do fans always forget this every single year? Wenger is a lucky man!

Mr Gooner

Well, all we have to do is support both men.

C’mon Arsenal!!!

Third Plebeian

So, I guess all Wenger can do at this point is talk up Walcott because there are no other options. It’s all a bit sad, really. Surely even he knows that Walcott is not the answer, but Wenger / the club has put us in the position where the manager has to praise him or risk ruining the confidence of his only really fit striker going into the new season. I am so demoralized right now.

Hi-brid

^This^

Arsecrack

Harden up the season hasn’t even started.

wellarsed

It’s getting to the point where I think it best just to ignore Arsène. I understand he’s trying to put a positive spin on a bad situation, but we’re largely there because of his idiosyncratic decision-making. At this stage he either buys some players to strengthen the team before the end of the window or we’re stuck making do with what we’ve got. I will back the players (including Walcott) either way, but if there’s no action on the transfer front, I will no longer back Wenger.

Tribe

Walcott and Chamberlain will become top, top, top players this season. And the returns of Gabriel and Mertesacker will be like a new signings. That’s 4 top, top, top players for this season…

Hi-brid

I stopped being convinced he’d have a great season several seasons ago.

Sancheezy

Wenger transfer madness to come shortly (31 August).

adriano

What a bunch of debbie-downers.
Everyone can have their opinion, but don’t stretch it so far as or say you know what such and such a player is going to do this season, and how each guy is going to perform.
Nobody here knows that Walcott is going to have a shit season.
Also, nobody knows that we won’t bolster our striking options.
You can guess, and have your opinion, but don’t take things too far.
A player could have 3 shit seasons in a row and then change his fame and perform to his potential. Even if it seems unlikely.
None of us run this club, so sit back and watch and get something positive out of it. Or else why are you even paying attention?

Dfinking

In my 30 years supporting Arsenal I’ve not seen a poorer all round attacking player than Theo… Don’t get me wrong, I cheer for him and wish him well every game he plays but it seems like we are playing with 10 men at times. Wenger doesn’t trust him, his teammates don’t seem to trust him and he doesn’t trust himself… He is the archetypal Arsenal player of the last 10 years, promising, given a chance, flattered to deceive and ultimately not at the standard required for Arsenal to take the final step towards the title… And the most damming indictment is that the club/Wenger are too proud or too afraid to admit that a transfer has failed which is something Ivan mentioned last week.

Jdg

Gervinho to name one? Theo is not ideal (currently) but certainly not as bad as you make out. Alot can change quickly in football with a bit of confidence and the right team behind you. Look at vardy.

Chamakh

Tbf he has had some good patches. The biggest problem is that Arsenal have relied on him too much and he never performs for a whole season. And is not really suited to the style of play. I think he could be really effective in a 4-4-2 paired with Giroud or Alexis as strikers. But as long as we have Ozil 4-4-2 will never happen as he doesn’t have a place in it..

Arsepedant

Chamakh … there was another striker who never panned out.

Gunnerlocutor

Dench!
Wait what year is it? Did he sign da ting?

Papyrus

Whether we have a new striker or not by Aug 31st, I think we should back Walcott and Giroud. We should also back Iwobi and Akpom and other young players coming through. We seriously cannot expect to challenge for anything unless we are 100% behind our players. Of course we need another attacking talent and a new defender. But I cannot be blamed for stating the obvious – The Emirates Stadium sucks and offers little motivation for players willing to give everything. Let’s get behind our players through and through…

Anonymarse

Hope he does well. He did today, which is a good start. It can only help us if he does well, whether we sign anybody else or not.

I can’t work out what we are doing in the transfer market based on what is happening and what Wenger is saying. I keep trying.

It’s hard to believe there is nobody we could sign, and it was the same last year. If you look at the players we have signed recently they have mostly either been top players who big clubs wanted to offload (eg Alexis, Ozil, Cech), or we gamble on cheaper/younger players with potential (eg Elnenny, Holding, Gabriel). Xhaka was an upcoming, expensive player we took from a smaller team for a fairly high price. We don’t seem to do that often. I guess as with somebody like Draxler it isn’t necessarily going to be that easy.

Are we saying basically there is nobody like this available, are we are waiting to see if an opportunity comes up as he says? It seems a bit like he is just really picky and there is nobody available who fits the profile, at least at the moment. No suitable opportunities. That we are hoping somebody might become available before the end of the window. Either that or we are waiting on other clubs to find replacements or whatever.

In fairness we’ve done some really good business over the past few years but we always annoyingly seem to be a couple of players short.

Tommy Caton

I was hoping that at least one positive to come of last season was that AW would be forced to admit his British core experiment had failed and bring in some proper players. Instead here he is once again talking up the potential of Walcott, Ox, Ramsey and Wilshere already injured. How long are we going to keep picking these guys just on the basis of their passport?

Little Mozart

Our current squad can beat Liverpool and Leicester but I would love a couple of signings this coming week. Lacazette and Mustafi seems to be our intended targets, and I firmly believe Lacazette will be our number nine come deadline day.

dayjahvoo

You firmly believe that?

Based on past experiences, I suppose?

Chamakh

Maybe based on that Arsenal have already bid for him??

Easy as JVC

After Gabriel stepping on a land mine it’s starting to feel like God is a Gooner and even he is trying his best to get Arsene and the board to stop having dick swinging competions amongst themselves and start doing some fucking work. I know we like to keep it under wraps but with the way the media work there is always a sniff of something, but at the moment it really seems like we are not doing a single thing. If poor Chambers and Holding get played on Sunday and we get turned over, it could be so damaging for them. Anything other than a win on Sunday is not going to go down too well with the fans. It’s starting to feel like they are almost mocking us, and how they can’t see it is just disgusting.

Flambalam

Hearing this is almost as dissapointing as seeing mikel on the bench of another man.

Jags

It will be nice if we fans stick together and support our wonderful club rather than just being negatives. We have a great team with great players.

Jakemilla

Supporting the team got as many thumbs down as thumbs up?!

Why not

very sad state of affairs that.

Blitz Bailey

Gabriel got carried out on a stretcher today, any news on the severity of the injury?

Season not even begun yet and its allready all falling to shit. 😛 joking, but then im kind of not.

How is Walcott still a member of this team and one of our biggest earners after 10 years years of either dreadfullness at the worst of times to mediocrity at the best of times? If he had joined any of our rivals 10 years ago instead of us you could never imagine him still being a part of their squads and among the best paid players in the squad no less.

Walcott actually makes the same kind of money as Marco Reus. Walcotts contract is even better than both pedro and Willian of Chelsea, He makes more money than Draxler, More than Mahrez and more than even Douglas Costa. How on earth? Mind boggling

Matt

Sounds like the guy that forgot to book the nice restaurant in time for the wedding anniversary talking up the values of the crap restaurant they go to regularly.

Jack4343

Maybe he can wear one of those fake mustaches on Sunday and we can pretend he’s our new signing. We can even give him a new name. I’m going with Ted Striker. (obscure Airplane reference)

Third Plebeian

By the way, anybody else totally weirded out seeing Arteta on the City bench tonight? I almost cried.

Eddie McGoldrick

This isn’t going to be a popular view, but I think it’s important to keep the whole transfers thing in context.

That leaked report in The Times said we had a 100m transfer budget set for this window. If you knew at start of the summer this was there to bring in a quality CB, CM and forward, you’d probably say ‘yes, that should get the job done’.

But now it’s costing 75m for Lukaku and Morata and it’s going to be the same level of inflation across the board for all good players. We are a rich club but we still have a budget we need to stic to and couldn’t afford to do business at those kinds of prices (unless we’re getting some extreme quality.) Basically if the selling clubs genuinely aren’t interested in selling for less than these kinds of levels then there’s nothing we can do.

I hate us employing the opportunistic ‘waiting game’ as much as everyone else but it might be this is our best option if we can’t afford the prices currently being quoted for the players that would make us better.

If you had the choice between us signing some good players now for 25m each or signing better players for 40m on deadline day, which would you choose?

Dodgem

It’s amazing that after sooooo many years, so many! I have finally become uninspired by Arsene’s talk.
Amazing and sad I feel.

Hank Scorpio

It is being reported that Lacazette has a hip injury. No doubt it will have a few here slitting their wrists. It’s either a big money striker signing, someone cheap from left field or nobody if this news is correct.

dayjahvoo

Probably means he’s about to have his medical with us

Make mine a Swiss miss
Make mine a Swiss miss

A real bastard about Gabriel. The options for the mugsmasher game seem to be
1) rush Kos back to partner with Calum
2) 2 out of Calum / Holding / Bielik
3) buy an experienced CB and put him straight in
4) use Nacho as a CB
Given that Kos should be ready for the 2nd game I’d probably go for option 2 personally but my guess is AW will go for option 1.
Looking on the bright side – at least we have options. The mugsmashers will be as rusty as us and early season games are hard to predict anyway. Time to get behind the team for the kick-off. COYG

neutral

I bet it will be Kos and Nacho

Super Joshi

Holding and Chambers play together for Eng u21 so should get each other in theory.

Andy Mack

Debuchy can cover CB as well If necessary.
The one time he did it before he actually looked quite decent there (Obviously I’d prefer a top experienced CB but if Monreals name was mentioned….)

Goonersmurf

Arsene. Rhymes with something else

neutral

parsimonious

Jonas

The lack of a striker is certainly frustrating. But really, who was/is available at the level people think Arsenal need? Vardy? No. Morata? No. Icardi? No. Lacazatte? No. Those are all 1.5 or 2nd tier strikers. Benzema was perhaps at the level, and that was a non-starter. Other than Lewandowski, who is ACTUALLY a top flight goal scorer that could be taken away from a top team (who also doesn’t cost £100M)? If that player were out there, the media would have made that well known by now….right?

If OG can grab 12-15, Alexis bangs in 10-12, Theo nets 7-10, Ozil another 5-8, Welbeck 5-8, and Elneny gets green lit for 6 from half field….that’s not too bad. Oh, and Iwobi and Akpom each score 20,things will be fine.

dayjahvoo

Well, that’s the striking position sorted then (internal solution wins again).

I see we are already at the “support the players we’ve got” stage of our transfer window.
You guys are bringing that in early this year. Swiftly followed by, “we’ll get what we need in january”

Shea

if the fans turn that stadium toxic against pool then they honestly pathetic. People are acting as if we have a shit weak squad we came fucking second having seriously underperformed last season an got horrendous luck with injuries. Theo did look really good yesterday, he looked sharp and he looked fit. id love for him to bang two in an see everyone who slates him into the ground on here try to take back their negative comments an show how fickle they are.

Me

Have you ever noticed that it the same “horrendous luck” with injuries every season?
The same blips and tactical errors repeated every season?
The same under performance of the team every season?
The same players who show so much promise every preseason yet under deliver every time?
Arsenal have a weak squad and you can swear about it all you like.
ALL of these issues with Arsenal lead to the core of the problem – the manager. The sooner he is gone you will see a marked change in the fortune of Arsenal.
The sooner he is gone the better and if that means a toxic atmosphere then that is unfortunate but hey, if you fail to show ambition and desire like he has then he deserves everything he gets…

A Gorilla

The funny thing is it was Arsene’s massive period of success that made our fans so entitled and now they want rid of him. That said, he has most certainly fallen below his standards recently and this is his last year to win the premier league. I will applaud the man and the team regardless

Neuni

Best comment here for a mile !!!
thanks

Matt

When the “horrendous luck with injuries” repeat season after season, it stops being bad luck man

Alexstratz

*Poker face on* Walcott is the best striker to have ever played for this club. I’ve always rated him. Always. Never a doubt.

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