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Not too long ago it was easier to not clearly see the merits of Walcott.
Since we have rapidly lost our best players this has become a bit harder.
IMO Walcott currently might be our best finisher. Should Walcott leave this winter I for one will regret that we never tried him in the center. Chamakh and Giroud are hardly making a case to be our starting striker.
Even as a winger, although not setting the PL on fire every game, it is hard to say we have other wingers way batter than him.
To me I don't care too much any longer (after reflection) if we pay him too much. Even if we pay him 125k a week. Why don't I care?
Because we are not in financial trouble and don't spend any of our cash. So it's not like paying Walcott is going to be in the way of a dream transfer. Whether the millions sit in the coffers of the club or in Walcott's account makes no difference to me and if our history is anything to go on Walcott might be replaced by either a younger supposedly more talented but probably less effective player (at least the first few seasons) or an obscure foreign player who needs time to adjust to the PL or a central player who we will try to convert to a wide role. None of these options are terribly exciting.
It is hard to understand how the club can be in the situation it is with Walcott. If we let him go would it not have been easier to sell him over the summer?
It seems to me that whether one is a Walcott fan or not it should be hard to understand letting him go the winter rather than last summer.
I think like most supporters we have all been a little frustrated with Walcott at some point because we know he has talent but he hasn't always brought his A game.
I think he needs to prove himself in the role of CF and if he proves himself in that role then pay the boy what he wants, however, If Arsen thinks he could sell him on in January and use that money to bring in a quality proven goal scorer then this option is OK with me too!
Everytime good players have left we never seemed to replace them with better, just potentially better! This attitude don't cut it anymore in the PL because the top teams buy ready made talent.
I want Arsen to bring in Baines, Capoue and another forward whether Walcott stays or not!
Just sell on the deadwood Arsen or give it away to QPR.
- 1 Reply to Raider
Thing is that Wenger will never buy a quality/proven striker. It will always be someone with potential and not the LLorente of this world. Wenger always drools over players like Reus, but could not/would not make a move. The best bet if that he brings on someone like Villa, if Barca feel he is surplus to requirement there. But I would not count on this. I say keep Walcott.
Whether Walcoot deserves in absolute terms the money he may be asking for is immaterial if we are paying absolute rubbish like Squillacci etc close to 60K weekly. Arsene Wanker has ruined the club and he will continue to do so unless he is stopped. When you see the spanking we are getting at the hands of mighty Reading right now, I get really ticked off. Arsene Wanker has way too much pride. This could have been justified 8 years ago, but not on current form and squad.
Ox has already stepped up in many peoples minds, to become a better prospect than Walcott.
I have said for a while that Walcott should get a go in the middle. If he starts to score, then pay him. If he doesn't then let him go. He had his chance.
Gervinho showed early promise this season, but that again quickly vanished, much the same as Chamakh. Ideal time to give Walcott that shot.
Only because it took Henry at least eight games before he started to score, do I find myself waiting patiently for Giroud.
The Chav's stuck by their £50m five goal wonder last season.
I say lets give Giroud time to prove himself.
As ever, we cannot rely on Podolski or Cazorla for all of our goals. Ramsay is still a little unconvincing (possibly as a result of that leg break) and Arteta is good for maybe eight goals a season. It's not his job.
At the moment though, I still maintain that Walcott is not worth £95k p/w
- 2 Replies to John
I think Ox is the better player between the 2 but I see him more as a midfielder rather than an out and out striker.
I agree with giving Giroud time but I don't see Gervinho as a long term solution and if he goes to the ACN we really only have Giroud as a striker. Gervinho in the absence of Walcott might be our best or truest wide player. All others seem players who prefer the center but have been "converted" by Wenger to the wings.
I definitely hope Cazorla will become a bit of a goal threat in the mold of Lampard and that Podolski won't be a short term wonder in his little scoring binge.