Am I the only one who chuckled when we signed Podolski? I mean the signing at that time and of that grade of player didn’t just pull the carpet from those who love to criticise Arsenal’s transfer policy, it yanked it so hard that they were thrown in the air and silenced upon landing.
Wenger only signs kids………
…..can’t accuse him of that this summer.
Wenger hates spending money……
..…Looks a bit silly as Podolski was no bargain basement signing.
Wenger in last minute supermarket transfer dash…
……Not this time, Podolski: signed before the season ended.
Wenger never signs proven internationals…………lol.
I am sure you can think of quite a few more, but you can see the point I am making; this signing has crushed so many anti-Wengerites it still makes me chuckle.
But the signing of Podolski does bulge the lateral options available to Wenger to breaking point and in my opinion something or someone is going to have to give.
Podolski has not been signed to sit on the bench; he is going to have to play and by that I mean start.
Furthermore, Wenger can no longer expect Oxlade-Chamberlin to sit on the bench; he also has to start.
So that is two of the three offensive positions taken up, the other obviously being taken by van Persie and even if he leaves it does not change the fact that those two players above are going to expect to play.
That leaves Gervinho, Arshavin, Vela, and of course a certain Theo Walcott. Now, most of us expect that Arshavin and Vela will go but that still leaves Gervinho and Walcott, maybe Gervinho might accept some bench time but Theo?
Don’t think that the Ox will wait on the bench for his turn if and when Theo is not available as that could be the whole of the season, unlikely I know but it could be and if I was 18 and my name was Oxlade-Chamberlain I would be worried that the latter possibility might happen.
And besides the history tells us that Wenger will not leave out a young player who is ready for the first team: A Cole, Fàbregas, Walcott, Wilshere, Szczesny, you can probably think of others but the pattern is clear and the Ox will be playing.
So what are we going to do with Theo coming to the last year of his contract and looking as good as his is in these Euros?
Written by LB