Date: 19th October 2007 at 6:22pm
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Le Prof, shorn of the talented Dutch striker R-to-tha-V-to-tha-muthafunkin’-P, reckons he’s ready to push Theo Walcott into the centre, and deploy the young Englishman as a striker, in the Robin’s absence.

Speaking on Arsenal.com, Arsene said, speaking of both Theo and Eduardo,

At the start of the season Eduardo was very good then, later, he was injured a little bit and struggled to find his rhythm back. Now he looks sharp to me again.

Of course when you arrive from the Croatian League and you come to the English Premier League it`s quite a shock. It`s like driving on the motorway when you`ve been walking. But I feel he adapts well and with the right commitment he will get through that easy.

He is certainly intelligent enough to fit into the side, Walcott will too. Walcott will get a chance in this position because I feel now he is ready to play through the middle.

We are in October and Theo has already played a part. He made a big impact last time he came on and you know things change quickly. In football you have always to be ready, and it`s a good opportunity for him as well, not only for Eduardo. If he is strong, he will play.

Bendtner will [play] as well, but he is more in Adebayor`s position than someone to play with Adebayor.


So, as suspected, The Gaffer sees Niko as being on the same wavelength as Ade, and Theo and Eduardo being on the other. I guess you can’t really classify anyone else in the Robin bracket, as he genuinely offers us something else that no other player in the side can. He has a magic all of his own.

Though RvP’s loss is a big one, we have a talented frontline at our disposal, and his injury opens a door to one of the others, it is up to them to take advantage of it.

A lot of us have wanted to see Theo given a whirl up the middle, well, the noises coming from Arsene suggest he’ll get a shot there. The youngster, sometimes prone to making the wrong decision and not being able to make his mark on games, has also shown he’s got the ability to cut a defence to shreds, and shown himself adept as an impact sub at other times. Can he step up to being a striker capable of playing for 90 minutes and causing mayhem for an opposition backline? Let’s hope so, it could be the making of Theo.

And that’s before mentioning Eduardo, who I’m hoping will get a shout too, i can’t wait him to open his league account, i feel once he nicks one, there’ll be a glut waiting round the corner.