Thierry coming back to the Emirates
December 29, 2010
The greatest goalscorer in Arsenal history will be joining up with the Arsenal squad after the Xmas/new year period in order he keeps up his fitness levels before the start of the new MLS season next March.
Before his injury playing for England against the Swiss, Theo Walcott was starting to repay the unflinching faith shown in him by Wenger. Even in the face of horrendously negative press focused attention on our young gun, the boss never gave up and continued to back his man to the hilt.
Thierry was Theo’s hero as a kid.. we all know what it’s like to hero-worship a footballer… now imagine he trains with you daily and passes on helpful advice and encouragement?
2011 is the year Theo has to really blast into the bracket of World-Class.
Fitness is the key to him, much like many starlets at the club, and through continued playing time the confidence naturally finds its way to head matters.
Combine the fitness with the confidence and you have a player of epic levels.
He will of course continue to drive us all mad with his runs into blind alleys etc, but live with it… Bale does that kind of thing more than you could imagine, yet he never gets picked out.
Our 3rd goal against the Chavs of West London was blinding. Only football can bring about emotions like the one’s I enjoyed when Theo rifled that shot into the bottom corner past the outstretched, abnormally large, hand of Petr Cech.
Did you notice he played around a third of the game as the main centre forward? With Robin dropping wide or deeper to accommodate him as the striker?
The shape of things to come.
We all know it, we all speak it, the entire footballing world knows he aint a winger, but certainly a striker with finishing prowess, though how do you account for him in said role within a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 formation?
Let me tell you how… the blueprint was cast the other night.
We move towards total football more and more as each game passes and each young gun becomes a mature footballing man.
You may be able to call our formation, but can you call which position is taken up by each player in that formation?
Put Theo down as a right-winger on paper, but watch him during the game as he takes up a number of varied roles in the formation, as do the other forward thinking players.
This is the key to the success enjoyed by Barcelona.
You need very special players to be able to work such a system, on paper it sounds easy enough but in reality the intricate workings of such total football philosophies can be destructive.
Take the following midfield and front line;
Song Diaby Cesc Nasri RvP Theo
Convention dictates Song DM Diaby CM Cesc AM with Nasri and Theo out wide and the boy wonder leading the line.
They may well start the game with such a set-up but Cesc will come back and work from the holding area, whilst Abou will move up and play off the main striker, whilst Nasri drifts inside looking to run at his man and slide rule the ball to the Striker, who is now Theo hot on the heels of the last defender.
There is a myriad of options when our best players are fit to play.
We have had no issue with regards to quality over the past 2 or 3 seasons, injuries have been a persistant nightmare for us, give us Cesc Theo Robin Nasri Song Diaby for 30 league games and I will give you runaway Premiership Champions.
A trip up to Wigan for our wonderful away fans tonight.. is it just me or are they easily the loudest set of away fans in the league?
With our last game, the glorious 3-1 demolition job of the current champions, just 2 days ago, a shuffle of the pack is cast iron.
Cesc is suspended, Robin will certainly be benched for MC29.. and hopefully Abou gets the Cesc role ahead of TR7, who for me is looking to be waning of late.
Arshavin must surely get a start and Eboue will more than likely take Sagna’s right-back slot.
Jack has to play, as he will be the man to dictate the pace of the game for us. His quick sharp passing and biting tackles are essential to pegging Wigan in their half.
Overall, a tremendous Xmas for The Arsenal can be nicely gift wrapped with a good victory tonight.
More than 5 goals sees us go top over the New Year, but that might be a little greedy… any kind of win and 3 points will do me.