As Theo’s contract situation doesn’t seem to be any closer to being resolved, it now emerges that one of the factors whether he stays at Arsenal or not, is whether he is selected as a striker in the future.
After turning down a new 5 year deal worth Â£75,000 per week, his season doesn’t look to get any better after being pushed down the pecking order behind Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud and even Ramsey as our attacking options.
Maybe Arsene Wenger feels he’s spent enough time and effort with Theo and that he just hasn’t produced the goods. Podolski looks like he’s relishing life at Arsenal, Giroud will get there in time and even Gervinho looks like improving on his disappointing first season.
Personally, I like Theo and he’s given us some special moments, like those lightening runs against Liverpool and AC Milan in the Champions League, but not often enough.
His blistering pace in unrivalled and is a deadly weapon on his day, but too often Arsenal face teams that sit deep and in that respect, he’s usually rendered useless.
But at times his finishing is good – he’s scored memorable goals against Chelsea, and in a way I’d like to see him played upfront. But with Podolski and Giroud in the squad, and with his contract situation unresolved, I can’t see it happening.