Theo Walcott Video clip Ranking: four / five
David Ospina might have had some good days in the Arsenal jersey off late, but, he has still not overtaken Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order.
Szczesny was Arsenal’s first choice shot stopper when the ongoing season had started and Arsene Wenger says he still is, but, Ospina is giving him tough fight with his performances.
Szczesny has not played any League match for the last 4-5 weeks. It’s Ospina who has been featuring and there were some stories in the media that the Colombia International had become the first choice for Wenger, but, the Gunners manager denied that yesterday. Continue reading
Theo Walcott Video clip Rating: 4 / five
Theo Walcott had been the undisputed fastest player within the Arsenal team for the last few years, but he has now received a major threat from right back Hector Bellerin. The youngster dominated the speed ratings in pre-season.
A number of injuries and suspensions are set to give him opportunities during the crucial Christmas period. This time will also see Arsenal recalling Walcott back from a long-term injury. Since the anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered against Tottenham last season, Walcott has not played much football. He might have lost some pace due to several injuries in the last few years.
Bellerin, though, does not want to get caught up in the debate surrounding the fastest player in the Arsenal team. He says that the presence of Walcott and himself on the right side of Arsenal’s team will certainly help the club exploit any weaknesses in the opposition in terms of pace. Both are extremely fast, butBellerin is not concerned whether he is faster than Walcott as some of the pre-season results show. Undoubtedly, the 19-year-old’s best performance came last week in the 4-1 win over Newcastle United. He created an assist and contributed in several attacking situations as well.
“Hopefully we get to start a game together and hopefully then we can show people that pace on the right-hand side and obviously just help the team.Theo is a really important player for the squad. He showed it last season before he got injured and he’s been showing it for a few years now. The whole squad is waiting for him to come and help the team with his pace and we’re really happy that he’s going to be back really soon. There’s a lot of banter about it but I’m just happy that we can play together,” saidBellerin.
Theo Walcott Video clip Rating: four / five
Theo Walcott Video clip Rating: 5 / 5
Tim Cahill believes there is still 3 years of football left in him, but, he doesn’t seem to be interested in signing for any of the A-League clubs in future.
The veteran player who mostly plays as an attacking playmaker has hinted that he might end his career by spending a season or two in Italy or may be in some Asian country.
Cahill might call time on his international career pretty soon and just focus on club football.
He was actually expected to announce his international retirement after the World Cup itself, but, he did not do that keeping the AFC Asian Cup in mind which is going to take place at the start of next year. That might well be his last international assignment.
At this point of time, Cahill is a part of the American club New York Red Bulls. He has been doing fine there. He has scored 12 goals in 50 odd games. His contract there finishes in one-year time.
In an interview recently, when Cahill was asked what his next destination would be after leaving the Red Bulls, he said, “It would be a tricky call I would say. I have been to several wonderful places and I have enjoyed my time everywhere.”
“It would be good going to somewhere new. Italy is probably a place that intrigues me and the Asian continent as well. So, let’ see.”
A couple of Australian clubs might be disappointed hearing this statement of Cahill as they are believed to have been trying hard to lure the playmaker to his motherland.
Cahill has never played for an Australian club so far in his senior career. He spent a long time playing in England before moving to America in 2012.