Theo gets his reward for shooting + Arsenal player round-up

Theo gets his reward for shooting + Arsenal player round-up

A very good day to you.

There’s actually some pretty interesting stuff to talk about today, which comes as a bit of a relief and saves me from rambling on about my day at work. Not that my day at work was boring or anything, it’s just not something that people coming to a blog about Arsenal particularly want to hear about. Anyway, time to move on.

Theo Walcott is the toast of the UK after scoring an amazing hat-trick in England’s 4-1 win over Croatia. The Arsenal man played 90 minutes on the right side of midfield and cracked home three marvellous goals in a devastating display. Theo was understandably pretty chuffed after the game and had this to say about his moment in the spotlight:

“Obviously when I get home I’ll watch it over and over again, but tomorrow it will all be gone. I’m just looking forward to the Premiership now.”

I can tell you right now that if I was 19 and had just netted three against Croatia I would probably spend the next six or seven years watching the footage and basking in its glory. Which is exactly why I am a football blogger and not a professional footballer and why Theo Walcott is a far better human being than I. I mean, you only have to take one look at those sideburns. I couldn’t grow them like that if I tried for the next forty years.

On a serious note though, the most notable aspect to take out of Walcott’s game was the manner in which he scored the first two goals. I think that nine times out of ten he would probably cross the ball when in the positions he was in and as it was, he took a chance with the first one and it paid off in some style. The second was a continuation of the confidence gained from the first strike and the third was just the icing on the cake.

I sincerely hope this game will give Theo the confidence boost required to have that sort of impact in an Arsenal shirt. You get the feeling that he might run hot for a couple of weeks – so the Blackburn defence might just ship a few goals if they’re not on their toes. Which, I’m sure, we’re all hoping they won’t be.

The manager has spoken a little bit today about the game against Blackburn, specifically focusing on the difficulty he has in getting his side ready following an International Week break. In his own words:

“You know last time when the players went on international duty, we were left with two players. The earliest come back on Thursday midday, you play on Saturday afternoon and you have to be at your best, because when you play at Arsenal you have to be at your best.”

Those two players are of course Manuel Almunia and Denilson. While the former is a dead certainty to start the match you’d also probably expect that Wenger will point to Denilson’s fresh legs as a reason to play him alongside Cesc Fabregas in the middle of the park. Unless Stephen Appiah signs, of course (why do I torture myself?).

On a positive note, it does seem that the Arsenal boys will come back a little fresher than they usual do from an International break. Although Samir Nasri looks like he’ll miss out against Blackburn through injury, Fabregas only played 17 minutes against Armenia while Robin van Persie was pulled off after 69 minutes against Macedonia.

As for other Arsenal players in action, Gael Clichy made his long-awaited debut for France against Serbia alongside buddies Bacary Sagna and William Gallas; Nicklas Bendtner grabbed a goal in Denmark’s win over Portugal while Johan Djourou played a full 90 in Switzerland’s 2-1 loss to Luxembourg. Fingers crossed his side’s result was not a representation of his personal performance because – with all respect to Luxembourg – that is an awful loss for a nation like Switzerland.

As a final note, I have to apologise for the almighty cock-up which was yesterday’s Wednesday Poll. There was some glitch with it which meant that only 6 people’s votes counted which meant the poll just didn’t have its usual pizazz. I was quite happy to see that 4 of the votes went towards the notion of having Cristiano Ronaldo fired out of a cannon. Excellent stuff but – unfortunately – not overly reliable. I’ll hope for better next time around.

Anyhoo, that’s all for today. There will surely be some more team news tomorrow as the weekend’s game nears (hooray!). Have a great time of it, wherever you may be.

Have your say on Theo’s hat-trick or anything else by leaving a comment.

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16 Responses to “Theo gets his reward for shooting + Arsenal player round-up”

  1. gunnerchi
    September 11, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    theo came off for becks. get ur facts right

  2. Ibrahaz
    September 11, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi SF you are doing a good job keep it up. On to other matters,
    at last the kid has matured to a man. He is confident with the ball and he was causing problems to defenders every time he had the ball. I can wait to see him in action this Saturday.

  3. Hartwick89
    September 11, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    I just get a laugh when the talking heads depersonalize the great feat of a hattrick by Theo…It’s almost as though they feel England were supposed to win? The fact is this was supposed to be a tough match and w/o Theo it would have been 1-1. AW musted be stoked! SF keep the English supporters grounded…They didn’t even play in the Euros.

  4. LuxinBrasil
    September 11, 2008 at 9:55 pm #

    As an English supporter the last thing im going to be is “grounded”…we may not have been at the Euros (and surely the majority of the blame lies with the manager for this) but last nights game showed that the quality can gel and that England have been playing below their potential….Theos performance silences his (and Capellos) critics and surely this makes him a regular starter in anyones line up!
    This is clearly not only a result for England but for Arsenal fans everywhere!!

    And what about the other results….whats going on…Sitzerland losing to Luxembourg…..Bolivia drawing with Brazil (after going down to 10 men!!)

  5. Ibrahaz
    September 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Wats happening today guys are kinda of quite. It seems guys are attending the Sept 11th commemoration day.

  6. TDP
    September 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm #

    What disappoints me about Arsene is that whenever Theo has a great game or impact – see @ Bir & @ Liv last season – he doesn’t play the next game while the perennially ineffective Eboue is chosen ahead of him. How Eboue can EVER be considered a better option than Theo I don’t know. I think Theo himself was a little bemused by Arsene’s persistence with Eboue last season. Please let him be first choice now.

  7. Pdp(lakekay)
    September 11, 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    Nice one Theo,hope u do the same for arsenal on sat.

  8. rosicknote
    September 12, 2008 at 12:06 am #

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-rules-out-move-for-midfielder-appiah

    ahh sadly it’s not gonna happen SF. although good on ya for starting the rumour 😛

  9. darragh
    September 12, 2008 at 3:21 am #

    Gunnerchi – “Your” is spelt y-o-u-r, not “ur”. Get your spelling correct.

    😛

  10. jim-jim
    September 12, 2008 at 3:29 am #

    who cares about spelling? This is a football blog!!!

  11. Jay
    September 12, 2008 at 9:06 am #

    This is why Walcott is my 2nd fave arsenal player and a arsenal fav favourite. Hope he plays v Blackburn cause in the mood and has the confidence now to shoot from wide, far away and tight angles, This is the season of Theo Walcott people, you heard it here first!

  12. AR
    September 12, 2008 at 10:06 am #

    Hey Spanish, I just found a report that said this:

    The French coach, though, was quick to dispel rumours of a move for free agent Stephen Appiah, the Ghana captain, following his release from Fenerbahce.

    “No, we are not on the case,” he said.

    I hope its a smokey cause i really think he could add something to our light squad.

  13. tom
    September 12, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    Great stuff from young theo, seems like he is growing in confidence!

  14. Spanish Fry
    September 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    @ jim-jim – I think Darragh was just trying to back me up after Gunnerchi bagged out my post.

    Fair deuce.

  15. Ibrahaz
    September 12, 2008 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi guys you may find this interesting. “Arsenal are being linked with Brazilian midfielder Mineiro, 33, who left Hertha Berlin this summer. (Daily Mail)”

  16. RBP-The Next RVP
    September 13, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    hey guys just too confirm ibrahaz’s comment Arsenal gave “miniero” a behind closed trial against Fulham

    Heres the link:

    http://youngguns.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/exclusive-mineiro-plays-for-arsenal-reserves-in-friendly/

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