Thursday, July 7, 2022

Robin honestly loves Theo

Robin van Persie’s goalscoring feats are well known to everyone at this stage. In his last 41 league games he’s scored a remarkable 40 goals*.

His hat-trick on Saturday included two assists from Theo Walcott, meaning 10 of Walcott’s last 11 assists have been for the Dutchman*. Yet while the skipper has spoken before about how much he enjoys getting on the end of Theo’s passes, he reckons there’s more to come from his Action Man haired chum in terms of scoring goals.

Walcott has been criticised recently for some sloppy finishing and wayward shooting, but van Persie believes there’s more to come in front of goal.

“I love him, I honestly love him,” Van Persie said.

“Theo was sharp, he was playing fantastically and, like anyone, he misses chances – but I miss chances. Ronaldo misses chances, Messi misses chances. It is life, you know.

“Sometimes I feel that people are a bit harsh on him. I don’t know why. If you look at his assists rate then it is unbelievable.

“Theo will score. Trust me, he will score. He will get 20 goals at least every season. You will see. He will, trust me. Have faith in him.”

Arseblog News would never try to suggest we know more about the game, or one of his teammates, than Robin van Persie, but 20 goal a season Theo, every season, would surprise us. In a very nice way, we’re happy to admit.

Right now, we’d settle for a bit better in front of goal Theo. Let’s do this step by step.

* Stats via @orbinho

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Jamie

Anyone would think Robin thinks Theo is the next coming.

Which is weird, as I never took RVP as having an interest in religion, certainly not a *drum roll please* Theologian.

Witoldo

Well, the stem “theo-” does indeed mean God in Greek. Coincidence?

Yeah, probably.

Joe

Maybe RvP can teach him how to move into space and finish!

Runcorn Gooner

Still say the jury is out on TW.
He has been too inconsistent over the past
couple of seasons and this has cost us a number
of valuable points.
He has got to stop talking the talk and walk
the walk more often.

Here's Waldo

I read your comment as if it were a limerick, it baffled me. Truly postmodern.

Joe

Runcorn Gooner, I completely agree with you.

Shaun Murphy

Do you think RVP would be up for putting a bit of money on it?

Nick

Why wouldn’t RVP love Theo with the number of assists he give him?

I don’t see Theo scoring more than 12 goals/season unless he’s moved into a central role with RVP playing slightly behind him.

Voldermort

Or do you think that rvp is backing theo as his replacement for when he moves on in the summer. Thus backing arsenes sometimes blind faith in theo and Theo’s own belief that he can be central striker.

Dick Swiveller

Personally, I think Theo is more likely to go than RVP, going away to England matches with all those United/Chelsea/City players showing off their medals and whispering the kind of salaries a guy of the status of Theo could earn. Theo seems like a smart guy and pretty independent but if we’re still going nowhere and his contract is low…

Hopefully the sense of clam Theo seemed to exude on his assists will translate into some clinicality soon enough and then he won’t make a liar of his captain.

Harry Potter

I don’t believe that. I actually think Theo has been good this season, a little inconsistent but I believe he’ll get there. RVP is just giving him the support that any good captain or teammate would.

Andy Mack

RvP is purely trying to boost Theos confidence in the hope of getting a better /more consistent game out of Theo = more crosses = more goals for RvP. Plus he knows that if Theo does score more it will help him score more because teams will come out chasing a goal and again leave more space for him to score more goals.
If he wasn’t ‘greedy’ to score more, he wouldn’t be a striker.
Simples.

Craig

The ability is there without a doubt, he just needs to do it more consistently. His assist rate is so good because of RVPs movement in the box. They are certainly on the same wave length. Hope they both stay at the club.

Eric Irish gunner

Played well against Blackburn but needs to do it more consistently not every third game, with ox playing well and gervinho to come back it might keep him on his toes

Nikki

Actually it i quite believable, if Theo could sort out his finishing. He has had a lot of goalscoring opportunity and one-on-one. 20 goals spreading in Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, and Premier League could be achieve if he can convert his chances. But that is a big IF for now.

Thorough

Literarily?

jogzy

Play walchot with mobile midfielder that play him into sprints(rosicky) instead of Ramsey who plays simple passes that means he has to dribble his way and he will deliver like against Bburn.

Red Cannon

Great point! Now I have another reason to not want Ramsey on the field for us as a starter.

Lord Teddy Ears

What a crap thing to say about Ramsey next thing you will be saying is lets put Arshavin there instead of him.

Thorough

@Lord Teddy’s ear. Actually, if Wenger will keep Arshavin as the player in the hole then he will be the best we can boast of in this team. Not only better than Ramsey there, but all others, except probably Arteta, whom ironically he doesnt see as ‘the man in the hole’ as well.

shockandawe

I concur. Rosicky is far more direct than Ramsey who has been less than inspiring recently. Thats not to say he wont be agreat player but just seems to be losing his way a bit at the moment. Rosicky, on the other hand, has been playing as well as I have seen him play in the last couple of months.

northerngoon

Nicely said Robin.

Alf

Maybe this answers the FOW questions as to why Wenger keeps playing ‘that useless ****’ RvP may believe that his goalscoring exploits are down to Theo’s assists so keeping him on the pitch when he appears to be doing nothing productive could be what is keeping him going. Over the weekend I read somebody say that Theo’s crosses only appear to be good because Robin is on the end of them and if a lesser player was in the middle then the crosses would be useless.. Is it possible that the other way round is also true – that RvP… Read more »

Jimmy

What does that even mean?

GoonerMatt

Glad he played well against Blackburn, but I’m not sure what attribute of Walcott’s will get him 20 a season, is it his poor first touch? His lack of composure? Or his poor awareness and ‘head down’ style of football? Only effective when teams push high and leave lots of space behind their fullbacks. Would love him to prove me wrong, but a very limited footballer for my money

Witoldo

I think RVP is counting goals Walcott scores during training sessions.

Deano

Why do people criticise his 1st touch? I think his control is quite good actually i’ve seen him trap the ball very well. His problem is he has no dribbling ability and has never really grasped that wingers mentality of keeping your composure once you’ve beaten your man and an accurate final ball is needed. It doesnt come natural to him. His natural urge is to try and get past the last man and not have to think. Theo is best when there is a quick break and he receives a slide rule pass from midfield. Both th ox, rosicky… Read more »

Deano

Ox, rosicky and rvp that should say

Merlin's Panini

I love that picture. Looks like RVP is letting rip with a megafart and Theo, who was happily buddying along with him has just smelt it at that moment.

Sabrina

Hopefully Theo is scoring those 20 goals a season with us and RvP sticks around too. I never understand the people who call Theo “useless” he has his games where he’s inconsistent but still has lots of time and room to grow and has improved even this season from last.

Trevor

Just dawned on me…Champions League next week!

Theoptimist

I am certain both RVP and Theo want to stay beyond their contracts. RVP because i honeslty believe he loves the club, and Theo because he knows he still has a lot to prove, he has not hit the level required at the big money clubs. The problem is that they are both struggling to commit to a club where the manager is not reinforcing the squad with tha calibre of player who will push us over the line and into winning things territory. While Cesc was an abvious move, and Nasri had no love for the club but a… Read more »

Arsetalks

I really beleive Theo would score thats if he does not leave to Man City.

Theo and RVP is ONE

Arsenal30

I go with RvP. OK” Theo is maturing more slowly than Exel and say Greaves but as I keep saying, we have inconsistancy to thank for Viarra, Bergkamp and Heny sold off by impatient managers. And bless the slow developmemt of Wright , only noticed by Graham. With his attitude, I believe we`ll see continuious improvment from him. RvP trains with him every day and is better qualified to judge him, than we.

Mike Arsetalker

Theo really needs to improve . His style, game and he needs to be more of a lion in front of goal
Robin is a King. He has also spoken well of the ox
http://www.arsetalks.com/2012/02/06/we-must-protect-the-ox-say-skipper-and-boss/

SDDutchGooner

Damn, you gotta love RVP as a captain. Much more of a leader than was Cesc, methinks.

matt

Walcott has had no support behind him since everyone has got on his back.His average performances coincide with our full back injuries.I think him and jenkinson will be amazing.Coquilene has just got to grips with the right back position and this is what theo needs as does every winger.He was fantastic against blackburn.As long as we have proper full backs Theo will play great.He has improved a lot and will continue.

northerngoon

You are exactly right. Its unfortunate that some people would rather right Theo off before thinking it through.

Arsenal30

None more wrong – of course – than goonermatt. The self-delusion of youth I guess. Going head-to-head with RvP on football potential says volumes for the lad`s intelligence. He`s knocked AR, AA and probably booed St. Dennis for not scoring at first. Henry and Vierra were judged as failed wonderkids at TW`s age. by experienced managers with the same lack of perception as this hapless contriutor.

Pete

Typical Arsenal, one win and they’re all wanking eachother off. These are the losers Wenger has created.

Arsenal30

Can anyine confirm the figures I have just read? Ref. Riley: 31 games in which manu did not figure he awarded 1 penalty. In the yker eight games he awarded 9 pens – to manu! Surely not. We didn`t win 1 of the last 11 games wth Dean in charge! With Dean or Dowd the figures read W2- D-15, L16 whereas our average was W31-D15-L16. The odds against this equal winnig 2 major lotteries. The 2 games we won under this pair were a cup match against leads and a match against Norwich. Whereas, in my youthful ig no rance… Read more »

abe

Well every one of you had your saing. My point of view is this who are we to juge Theo or any other players unless we train with them and see wbat really went wrong for them. I think Theo doesn’t have weekness but wenger does.he dectate than being flexable to his team.good example what happend when we played machster. Look Ramsey is not fitfor his postion.he dosent deserve start.if arsen keep him out then walkot will perform well couse rocy will providem timely manner. Any how none of theplayers are bad. Just wenger needs to correct his wrong doings

SG_Gunner

I find it really funny that either Arsenal fans end up criticising players as “useless” after a few games where things don’t go our way or put them on a pedestal after couple of good matches. We never consider giving opponents credit for playing well against us. Somedays our guys are just not up for the game. Let us just accept that. Also, it is so ridiculous to read comments that players are good but AW has lost it and he is ruining their careers! Ha Ha. I think Wenger is one of the most “tuned in” manager. He is… Read more »

Cygan's Left Foot

Don’t try to make it as people criticising Arsene unfairly after one win. Arsene has been taking decisions that no one in his right mind can explain for the last 7 years, we lost great players because of him refusing to sign the one or two quality and experience players that can take us that extra level to wins somehing for the sake of one or two millions. I will have to give you just some of the examples of Arsene’s fales economy in the last 7 years, if I list them all you would really be surprise, he trys… Read more »

Goontang

Everywhere else I’ve read this statement from says robin puts it in perspective by saying “an assist is worth a goal” and by those tokens meaning theo is atleast Worth 20 goals a season. But if he scores 10 and gives 10 assists, that’s worth 20.

Goontang

And to be honest I don’t see what all the fuss is about, if it wasn’t for theo we wouldn’t of made it to the group stages of the champions league. He was immense against Udinese. I’d rather have theo on our side than playing against us that’s for sure.

Allen

Walcott is going to be dropped as soon as Gervinho is back. Of the two of them, Gervinho looks a lot more explosive and dangerous and get’s in much better behind the defense. His finishing is Walcott-esque but he still has a bit of time to show he can finish. The way trhe Ox is playing there’s not a hope of him being dropped either, so Sorry Van but your lover will be warming the bench for a lot of the rest of this season!

Andy Mack

I think you’ll see them being ‘rotated’ as AW doesn’t want AOC overplayed/fatiged. With Gerv coming back from a long trip to ACN and TW avoiding injuries more that most previous years. it makes senseto rotate and try to keep a full playing squad. I can also see AA getting some more Right hand side games before the end of the season.

Mike

Rvp, that’s how a man should to his teammate n keep it on

ne

u guys have been condemm him to much

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