Kieran Gibbs believes Theo Walcott is the best winger in England.
For me, yes he is, put it this way, I would not like to be coming up against him.
Right now, Theo is playing the best football he ever has in an Arsenal shirt, his crossing is certainly better and he’s even getting a few goals.
So is Gibbs right, is Theo better than his counterparts in the Premier League?
We all know that Walcott’s contract runs out at the same time as our captains and I know you will no doubt all slap me down for suggesting this, but my own view is that both contracts need to be signed asap, and both are equally important to our club.
Robin may score the goals, but behind every goal he scores, there has to be a provider and Theo has very often been that player.
Keeping both Theo and Robin is key to our future, surely?
Wenger hopes he will be able to persuade Walcott to sign on the dotted line, his words of encouragement and vision for the future being the key.
Walcott earns about £60,000 a week, but if reports are to be believed, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all keeping an eye on his contract situation and are ready to pounce if no agreement is reached.
However, Wenger is desperate to keep his man:
The fact he is so long in the spotlight, people forget Theo is 22 (now 23) and getting now to an age where you perform. It is as simple as that. Theo develops well because he is intelligent. Tactically and technically he had a complete game against Newcastle.
To be fair on Theo, his game has improved after his second half performance against Tottenham but then so has other players games improved too since that day.
Some believe that Walcott’s final decision about his future will depend on whether his captain will sign a contract extension but, and I think I have suggested this before, players like Theo are equally important to Robin staying too.
The pair have developed a lethal partnership, a great , one which we all need to carry on next season.
Hopefully in the future I would like to play up front with him, but if I am setting up goals, then that is the most important thing. He is tucking them away and the team is winning; so you can’t ask for much more.
Robin is getting into his golf now but I don’t think he is up to the level I am. But he will be. He is a great man, a great captain and very important to this club. It means so much just to be on the pitch with Robin. When he says those words when I’m right next to him, it just makes me so happy. If he’s enjoying what I am doing, then that is the main thing. If the staff and the coaches are happy, that’s all I want.
Stability, that’s what we need in our squad, a squad that when all fit is not far off from being the best in the Premier League, two or three additions would make it complete.
So, come on Theo, get on and sign your new contract and then others may just follow suit….
Finally, it seems Laurent Koscielny will miss tomorrows game through injury, although it’s more likely he is sitting this one out to avoid any chance of missing next weekends fixture against Citeh as he is one booking away from a ban.
That’s it for today, have a good one all….