There’s more on Theo Walcott today, with this article making for interesting reading. In it, he is compared to a young Michael Owen. It remains to be seen what will happen with Walcott, but at the moment he remains a bit of an enigma. However, I do feel that some people are being a little bit harsh on him because he’s not even nineteen yet and although we all expected something miraculous when he first came, it’s fair to say that many have been disappointed so far. But he will get better. As I said yesterday, I think a loan spell could do him good but it’s up to him to stay focussed and concentrate on the next task ahead. He was dropped from the squad for yesterday’s match with Fulham, but should start against Tottenham so we will see how he does there.
This article in the Mail on Sunday questions Arsenal’s approach over bringing Nacer Barazite to the club. It’s fair to say that some of these dealings with foreign youngsters do seem rather suspicious, and there was a similar situation with Fran Merida a little while back. Having said that, Barazite was in impressive form before his injury and you can see why Wenger moved so quickly to secure his signature.
The under-18s lost 2-1 to Portsmouth in an away game that was staged at London Colney yesterday. Thomas Cruise scored for the Gunners. It was only their second defeat all season and I must say I’m pretty suprised at the result. But you have to consider the fact that we were without the likes of Randall and Lansbury for this game.
The Reserves play Birmingham tomorrow and there will be a preview of that up on the site before kick-off. There’s also the Carling Cup tie with Tottenham to consider and that should be an interesting game to watch. Hopefully some of the younger lads will be involved again, it will be interesting to see how they respond to a pressure situation.
And that’s it.
Thanks for reading, and there’ll be more tomorrow.