Daily Archives: October 8, 2012

Walcott Ready to ‘Sign the Ting’ and Post-West Ham Ramblings

Sign da ting nuh, sign da ting. Theo Walcott, sign da ting.

If you don’t, well, then you’re stuck on the bench,  listening to Frimpong chat about Dench. 

We got Podolski, we got Giroud, even Gervinho’s been up front too, 

That ain’t to say that they’re better than you, but you got a year left, (What? What?) so what you gonna do then?

Walcott, Walcott, Walcott, Walcott,

Sign da ting, sign da ting.

With a video closing in on 200,000 hits on YouTube, grime rapster Roxy Arms gave Walcott a piece of his mind as the winger continues to stall on signing the ting worth £75,000 per week. You can buy the song for £0.79 on iTunes store and check out the full lyrics here.

While it was more than obvious that $amir Na$ri joined Manchester City for the petro-greens, Walcott had stated that he wanted to play upfront as a center forward. He certainly has the pace to get him clear of opposition defenders as well as the clinical finishing ability to put teams to the sword.

Taking us back to Saturday evening’s win over West Ham, in the build-up to the second and most decisive goal, Olivier Giroud dallied on the ball long enough to allow Theo Walcott hit top gear finding the forward with a through ball that was like hot knife through butter. We all know how the outcome ended and Walcott received a booking for celebrating with the away fans.

If it was the other way round, I really doubt that Walcott would have held the ball long enough to allow Giroud pick his spot before sending a through ball to the Frenchman. Being a center forward requires a lot of discipline as well as brilliant decision making and with some hardwork of course, Walcott can get there.

His recent performances have shown that he really means business as a return of four goals in nine appearances is pretty impressive. The big man upfront, Olivier Giroud, has played almost the same amount of games but his goal count halves that of Walcott’s.

According to the Mirror, Walcott is ready to sign the ting – a three-year contract extension worth £75,000 per week. Besides signing the new contract, Walcott has firmly fixed his sights on playing regular football again, as he has found himself in the fringes this season. All he needs is a really consistent run and Arsene Wenger would have no chance but to heed to his demands of first team football.

In my opinion, Walcott should be given a run-out as a center forward in the second-tier competitions like the Capital One and FA Cup and with Wenger bent on rotating his squad as the season progresses, he’ll get his chance to do his thang through the middle. As the gaffer had stated, the bloke needs to be patient and as they say in this part of the world,

“A patient dog eats the fattest bone”

Well, a few things have happened after the win over West Ham that allows Arsenal to go into the Interlull with smiles on their faces. Wenger said a lot of stuff in his post-match interview, but the pick of the bunch was the manager stating that his team can win the title,

‘We started with a lot of questions raised about the team. We have now played seven games and the belief in the squad is that we have a chance.

‘Of course we now need to do it week after week. The spirit and quality are there. It is about how consistent we are now.’

Well, the Gunners are fifth in the Premier League and if they can maintain this consistent run of fixtures, they’ll be up there with the big guns. Table toppers, Chelsea, have crunch fixtures against Tottenham and Manchester United in the coming weeks, and their title credientials will be tested again. They weren’t all that when they visited the Emirates but they did enough to grind out a result from us, even though Arsenal handed the initiative to them with those blatant fouls and schoolboy defending.

The point remains that Chelsea won in a ground as difficult as the Emirates, and as they say, that’s what champions do.

Elsewhere, Vito Mannone has declared that he’s going through his best spell in his Arsenal career but he’s still keeping his options open for a potential move elsewhere, as he still has that hunch that Wojciech Szczesny would walk straight to the first team when he’s fully fit.

“I am trying to be the No 1 for this Club and win trophies. That is my only concern and I would like to make that clear.

“The boss has given me the chance. I have to keep going and prove myself in every single game. This is my best time at Arsenal so I would crazy to not take the chance to put up a fight for my place.

“I am really happy and honoured to play for this Club. I am loving every minute of each game. West Ham was a great win in a tough place and I was happy to give my contribution.

“I just want to tell everyone I am just trying do well and give something back to the fans who support the team as well as the boss who has given me the chance.”

I’ll have to cut Don Vito some slack – he has done pretty well to hold the fort between the sticks in Szczesny’s absence but he hasn’t convinced me enough to have the No. 1 for keeps. Despite having a good game against West Ham, his moment of uncertainty arrived when he was out-jumped by that aerially dominating beast that reminds me of WWE’s Edge, Andy Carroll. On another day, that header would have crept in and the scoreline would have been West Ham 2 Arsenal 1.

If Szczesny returns, Mannone will have to make do with second-tier competitions and I won’t expect Szczesny to rest on his laurels as his howler against Southampton proved that he’s also not there yet but if I’m to make a choice between Arsenal’s present lot in goal, the Big Pole will get my votes any day, anytime.

Moving over to injuries, Kieran Gibbs has suffered a thigh strain and he’s odds on to miss England’s qualifiers as well. The Three Lions’ chief left back, Ca$hley Cuntly Cole, hasn’t been on everyone’s good books lately after he criticised the FA through Twitter by calling them a “Bunch of Twats”, as his teammate, John Terry, was guilty of ex-girlfriend shagging…racism, despite Cole’s statements in court that he isn’t.

Now there are calls for the fullback to be removed from the team.

West Ham’s Ricardo Vaz Te will also be out for 12 weeks after dislocating his shoulder in the aftermath of his clash with Mannone. However, Arseblogger believes that his injury was as a result of footballing karma. Vaz Te actually had the option of jumping over Mannone but he almost did a Stephen Hunt to Petr Cech on the goalie.

Had Mannone’s skull been as fragile as Abou Diaby’s body, Damian Martinez would have had his Premier League debut on Saturday.

To wrap things all up, it is believed that Wenger has been given a massive transfer kitty of £35m and the club is linked with a move for Atletico Madrid’s perpertual goalscoring machine of the first kind, Radamel Falcao. Olivier Giroud is obviously delighted with breaking his Premier League duck and Wales’ new captain, Ashley Williams, has stated that Aaron Ramsey losing the captaincy is not a big deal.

That’s yer lot.


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