What a performance from Walcott yesterday against Basel. I’ve constantly criticized Walcott, but he was on fire yesterday. In my last blog about Arsenal, I talked about how Campbell is constantly ignored and loaned out by Arsene Wenger while he keeps faith in Walcott, even after 10 years of inconsistency. I still stand by my criticism of him last year because he has been incredibly inconsistent and lacking in work rate. He never tackled, he never participated in build up play, and he couldn’t cross/shoot with any consistency.
Walcott and Campbell
I’m a big Wenger supporter, but I’m seriously starting to question his decision making. If you look at any of my posts about Arsenal last season, you’ll see that Joel Campbell was consistently playing well. For some reason, Wenger persists with Walcott even when Campbell is clearly the better player with more potential. None of that matters anymore, since Campbell has been loaned to Sporting Lisbon.
Arsenal stumbled onto second place, above Tottenham, surprising everyone, including themselves. Thanks to a Giroud hatrick and Tottenham imploding with a humiliating loss to Newcastle, Arsenal continued the tradition of finishing above the spurs. Tottenham’s best season ever, title contenders, and they still finish 3rd, below Arsenal, and get humiliated by a 10-man Newcastle team with a scoreline of 5-1. Hilarious.
You know how sports journalists write their reports/articles while the game is still being played? It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of the game and be overly critical at times. After I watch Arsenal, I just want to rant about how some players underperformed (I’m looking at you, Walcott).
It’s February 3rd, 2016, and it’s been a day since I watched Arsenal put in a lackluster display that leaves them in 4th place. Yep, Arsenal and 4th place are destined for each other, but this was the year they were supposed to win the league and shut the haters up. A man can dream, but yesterday, Arsenal shot themselves in the foot, managing only to tie Southampton ending in 0-0. Not only did they drop 2 points, but Leicester City, Manchester City, and Tottenham won and leapfrogged above Arsenal.