While Ramsey and Giroud are flying Theo has been a little trying
“If you eat caviar every day it’s difficult to return to sausages”. A classic Wenger quote delivered after Arsenal fans booed a score draw back in 1998. No Mr Wenger, it sure isn’t easy to go back to sausage, particularly if it tastes like cack.
It’s a sentiment that is certainly true for discerning fans who, in recent years, have periodically dined on Findus horsemeat attacking especially around the final third of the pitch.
Quite hard to digest that chewy gristle when you have sampled top draw striker cuisine delivered by Thierry Henry.
At his peak Henry dished out Michelin star football. Goals backed up by an assorted complement of treats from Bergkamp, Wiltord, Pires, Ljungberg, Vieira and Kanu. Clever flicks, sharp through balls, nice back heels and spectacular volleys. Fans were offered the lot
Henry for the most part up served up caviar calibre strikes. Shame he didn’t share his special recipe with Walcott, a player who can thrill, and frustrate in equal measure.
There are times when Walcott can be sublime - his hat trick against Croatia is one example. Occasions when he can be unplayable – like the time he bamboozled the Newcastle defence, during last season’s 7-3 pasting of the Magpies. And his goal against Marseille was deft and a joy to watch.
But then there are games when these flashes of brilliance go out the window. Last Saturday at the Stadium of Light was one of them.
On at least three occasions Signed Da Ting was provided with silver service delivery from Giroud and Gunner Galatico Ozil. The German national put in a quality shift, whilst looking like he was waiting for some pre-match Pepto Bismol to take effect. That must have been a hard core sickness bug going round Colney, because Ozil looked like he was about to spew like Liam from One Direction.
Nausea aside Ozil’s delivery was very precise, but the end product from Theo not so much. Like an excited, sweaty- palmed, boy teen about to wave goodbye to his virginity, Theo shot his load too quickly.
At least two premature attempts in the box equated to squandered chances to put the Gunners two goals to the good. Perhaps someone should pass Theo some Viagra so he doesn’t feel the need to release too quickly and miss his target altogether.
It would have been interesting to know what thoughts ran through Ozil’s mind as he observed Walcott’s attempts. He’s no Ronnie.
Still, the silver service didn’t all go entirely to waste, because puffed & coiffed Giroud decided to convert at least one delivery and Ramsey followed suit with a brace.
A slick pass from defence was received over the shoulder and controlled superbly by Ozil, who delivered to Giroud for a quick dispatch. Two goals from Ramsey that followed were the highlight of a topsy-turvy game. Fantastic to see him so rejuvenated. I suspect he may want to show Shawcross just how refreshed he is when the Gunners face Stoke on Sunday.
All in all it was a decent performance from Arsenal. Players displayed an ability to weather a minor storm and take the points, despite a little wastefulness in front of goal.
Having said this, I bet Walcott goes on to score a hat trick in his next game…..at least I hope he does.