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Walcott & Gervinho Can’t Both Start For Arsenal

Arsene seems to be set on playing both Walcott and Gervinho (or Arshavin) in the same team – and it will take a great deal (or injuries) for Le Boss to change his mind. Two fast raiders and “attack is the best form of defence“ (yawn) … but we don’t all like it.

For a start it is hard for RVP to hold onto possession, isolated down the middle – certainly if it’s a long ball. He is not a target man, he is a number 10 if you like. But he can’t play with another central striker because we never do that. RVP would surely be ideal in that Rooney position but Arsene has his mind dead set against 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-1 or whatever.

Then we have Walcott plus Gervinho (or Arshavin, out of position, wide left) also losing the ball a lot. They are both fast, tricky, high risk players. Trying aggressive, difficult moves which frequently don’t come off – and with no clue when the opposition are in possession. Hence 3 out of 10 outfield players often lose the ball and are a liability if not in possession!

Look at Stoke’s goal. It was that thug Shawcross, loitering wide right. Why so unless they had something planned? So Gervinho – who scored one and made two and left to a standing ovation – loses him and they net it. We don’t need more than one exciting, erratic player like that.

So for those who agree we should only play one of them – plus perhaps Benayoun or etc. – who should it be ?

Well for me the 1st one to omit is Arshavin. He was brilliant at Zenit in that roving role behind the main striker – and not much defensive responsibility. But again we never do that. He started well at Arsenal, very well. Then had to play as lone striker for some weeks (with RVP and Chamakh both injured). Then they said he was depressed when Russia didn’t make the WC Finals (tough xxxx). And playing wide left for the past 18 months he has been really poor – as we all know. He looks like a bloke who has to go into work to pay the rent but dislikes the job and the disagrees the company strategy.

Then it’s out of Walcott and Gervinho and I know who I would kick into touch – Theo. Ok he is still only 22 ( I think) but he has been around several years now, has plenty of England caps and …. still plays like a chaotic choir boy who can run fast. If he must play right wing … why can’t he be learn to cross a ball? Why can’t he link up with a team mate when he does get in behind the defence? This will annoy some fans but I reckon Chris Waddell was right. Theo just does not possess a football brain.

Now take Gervinho and not just because he played well on Sunday. He can beat a man… with trickery – not simply by booting the ball past his man and racing after it. He is fast, probably less so than Theo, but has more success in finding RVP – or another team mate who has unusually strayed into their penalty area. He seems able to cross better too.

And why can’t Theo be given a go as central striker? Possibly because (one hears) the backroom staff fear he is not strong enough for that role. Otherwise please send stamped and addressed postcards to M. A. Wenger.




    October 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    why are we even contemplating or debating this. Theo’s performances have shown that he has not done enough for a start. His end product is often poor and he doesnt display the guile needed to break down defenses. Gervinho should start and i believe that oxlade or ryo should start.

  2. Mark doam

    October 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Wenger if yr going 2 read dis please ask d players where they’ll luv 2 play at.plss

  3. Abbz

    October 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    GO AWAY.

    Even in a good run of form you moan. Please just go away, you are so boring.

    • gooneri

      October 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      well said mate im just tired from this fabregas era fans get a grip stay behind the team or just SHUT it UP its just as simple as that!!

  4. Rational-Gooner

    October 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    What a load of rubbish!..two wingers cant play in the same team?? thats like saying Pedro and Villa or Ronaldo and Di Maria cant play together..And this whole issue of RVP cant hold the ball is irrelevant because our game isnt based on long balls!
    People need to realise that 442 is dead now, look at all the succesful teams, they all have 3 central midfielders! without them you get overran in there like Man Utd were against city and barcelona and even us in the game at the Emirates last season

  5. Tazlent

    October 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    15year olds and their laptops, they wouldn’t just stop typing.

  6. TT

    October 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I agree that Theo should go/be dropped. Pace is useless if you can’t make it count. He has had enough time to make an impact and learn how to cross and pass.

    With AOC and Miyachi waiting in the wings, we really dont need him.

    Gervinho will prove to be a great signing.

    Arshavin has had enough time too, he needs to go.

  7. seo toronto

    October 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Walcott won’t sign a new contract unless he is promised a central striker role – so this may be his last season.

    Expect to see him go to the club he adored during childhood – Liverpool! If Kenny offers him a central role alongside Carol or Suerez he will go in a flash!

  8. TT

    October 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    @ Rational Gooner

    Stop being so irrational!!

    The writer’s point is not that two wingers can’t play together, it’s that 2 wingers who’s end product comes to nothing more often than not, thereby resulting in loosing possession regularly, can’t (or shouldn’t) play together.

    Theo is not good enough for Arsenal. He is better suited for a team like Everton/Stoke/Newcastle. The 12th – 5th place teams. The only way I can be happy with him at Arsenal is with him having a role as an impact sub.

    @ Abbz

    It’s not really moaning for the sake of it like the ‘Wenger Out’ morons. It is constructive thought and interpretation of the current situation at the club. This is perfectly reasonable as therwe is still plenty of room for improvement.

    However, we are finally heading back in the right direction. Top four finish should be achieved.

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