Today the rumours were confirmed as Walcott perhaps finally found his pen, and put pen to paper and signed a deal with Arsenal, keeping him at the club for the next three and a half years.
Walcott is now on 100 thousand a week, not to mention his three million pound signing on fee. However, although many Arsenal fans will take this as the good news, it should be but I’m not so sure. Although Walcott claims to have always wanted to sign for Arsenal since the negotiations began, he has disrupted Arsenal greatly during this time.
First of all, he left Arsenal with no choice but to make Walcott the highest earner at the club if they want to keep him, and second of all, his desire and seemingly necessity to play down the middle, has not only tied Wenger’s hands behind his back, but also left the team very, very unbalanced, even if he does start on the right. This is because he wants to show what he is capable of down the middle, and has clearly been given freedom to venture into the striker role.
This has left Sagna extremely exposed during almost every game Walcott plays, although the blame has been shifted to Sagna, you can hardly blame him when he has to take care of the whole right side of the pitch. In turn, this has forced Cazorla to drift out into the position Walcott has vacated, and therefore the team is very unbalanced.
Walcott has also really messed up Arsenal’s transfer window, as Wenger made it clear no signings would be made until Walcott had signed ‘da ting. Arsenal fans are lucky he didn’t leave it until deadline day. One thing’s for sure, whenever Walcott plays on the right, he simply cannot act like a big-time-charlie, now that he’s the highest paid player at the club, and go and play up top if he feels like it, or run with the ball for 20 yards and then lose it if he feels like it.
However, Walcott finally signing a new deal is also a good thing, of course. Firstly, it was vital that Theo didn’t turn into another Van Persie, and portray Arsenal once again, as a ‘selling club.‘ This pressure that Walcott has essentially brought on himself, could, however, be the making of him. If he steps up to the plate which Wenger has served him, then he could reap the rewards. Above all, he does have the potential to be a very good player, and Arsenal can now go out and buy Edison Cavani, Fellaini, and Messi, eh?
We’ll see what the remainder of January has to offer for Arsenal fans, but now that Walcott is on board for the next 3 and a half years, Arsenal can move on, and maybe Walcott will up his game and prove he’s worth his 100,000 a week, I think he can, but he still has much to do.