So the FA has seen sense at last and will not be issuing any kind of punishment to Theo Walcott for his little hand gesture to the Tottenham fans – although he has been warned of his future conduct.
In an official statement, here’s what the big wigs had to say:
The FA has contacted both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to seek their observations in relation to objects being thrown from both a home and away section of the crowd at different times during Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie.
The FA condemns any such acts and will liaise with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to identify those responsible and support the strongest sanctions available, including life bans.
Meanwhile, in relation to the same fixture, The FA has contacted Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and reminded him of his responsibilities regarding a ‘score-line’ gesture he made in front of away supporters during the game. The FA will not be taking any further disciplinary action.
I hope they find the away fans who were responsible for throwing stuff at Theo and the medical staff and throw the book at them, those coins could have seriously harmed someone. I can’t imagine those home fans who threw scarves will face any action though, well, they shouldn’t that’s for sure.
From good news to seriously bad. No doubt you are all aware that yesterday the club confirmed that Walcott is out for at least six months having sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. Every time the guys starts to show glimpses of the player we all know is in him somewhere, bang, injured! I’m absolutely gutted for him.
Many a headline talks about how his World Cup hopes are over well I’m far more saddened by the fact his season for Arsenal is over, bugger the World Cup!
So it seems likely that Serge Gnabry will have to step into his place and the young German has got Mikel Arteta’s backing:
I think he’s got a lot of quality. He’s got something not many players have in this team, which is pace and skill to go and beat people.
That’s why the manager played him – three up front is something that helps us be more incisive.
We want to go behind [the opponents] and get into one versus one situations. Gnabry is very good like that and I’m very pleased for him because I think he did really well.
Quite a compliment dished out there but Arteta is right, he has pace, skill and plenty of quality and he’s certainly not afraid to take on defenders either. Something we do lack and all too often. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t afraid to play in a similar way to Gnabry but not many others do.
But as good as they both are, let’s not forget Oxlade-Chamberlain has only just started training after suffering a nasty injury so he’s not going to be back yet, neither will solve our striker problem will they and with Walcott now out too, Arsene Wenger really has to make a move in this transfer window, and fast!
Daily Mail report that man could be Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as they believe we will step up the chase and get him in this week if we can.
The Mirror suggest Julian Draxler is on the radar after he’s been given a tour of the facilities at the club and was left very impressed.
And in other reports, the return of Eduardo could be on the cards…
That’s your lot for another day…..